Where does an elephant go after a life in the circus? Sixteen years have passed since circus producer David Balding adopted Flora, the orphaned baby African elephant he lovingly raised as part of his family and made the star of his show. As Flora approaches adulthood, he realizes that she is not happy performing. Ultimately, David must face the difficult truth that the circus is no place for Flora. She needs to be with other elephants. The road to Flora's retirement, however, is a difficult and emotional journey that tests their bond in unexpected ways. Ten years in the making, One Lucky Elephant explores the consequences of keeping wild animals in captivity, while never losing sight of the delicate love story at its heart.
Official Selection, Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Film Club
“A PARABLE OF PACHYDERMISH PROPORTIONS, ONE LUCKY ELEPHANT is a bittersweet story of man, beast and a very real relationship that makes helmer Lisa Leeman's documentary the thinking person's DUMBO-and, coincidentally, one of the better kids' movies on the fest circuit.”—John Anderson, VARIETY
“Bottom Line: A TIMELY, EMOTIONALLY ENGAGING LOOK at interspecies bonds.”—Sheri Linden, HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Official Selection—IDFA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY Film Festival Amsterdam
Official Selection—LOS ANGELES Film Festival