Against the backdrop of war, ELEPHANT PATH / NJAIA NJOKU captures two critical years in the lives of Forest Elephants and the people committed to protecting them.
Filmed in the Central African rainforest against the backdrop of a violent civil conflict, ELEPHANT PATH / NJAIA NJOKU captures two critical years in the lives of one of the last wild herds of Forest Elephants. When 26 elephants are killed by rebels determined to turn ivory into the weapons of war, Bayaka tracker Sessely Bernard, American biologist Andrea Turkalo, and Israeli security contactor Nir Kalron face dramatically different futures bound by the realities of affluence, nationality, poverty and race.
About the Filmmakers
Todd McGrain turned his attention to documentary film after a 25-year career as a sculptor. His accomplishments include a Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and the Audubon Award for Art Inspiring Conservation. In 2010 McGrain’s work to create permanent public memorials to birds driven to extinction in modern times became the subject of a documentary film, The Lost Bird film, produced by Middlemarch Films. This rewarding experience led McGrain to his current focus on environmental documentary film. Though Rue des Elephants is McGrain’s first feature length documentary, his understanding of the value of storytelling to raise awareness of our current extinction crisis has been formed over decades of dedication and commitment.
Scott Anger is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and independent journalist. In 2014, he won an Emmy Award for the film, Hunger in the Valley of Plenty, which explores food insecurity in central California. Anger’s credits include a number of films for the acclaimed documentary program FRONTLINE (PBS) about ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and South Asia. Two of the films have been awarded the Alfred I. duPont Award for Excellence in Journalism from Columbia University, television’s highest journalism award.