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German educational film: domesticating the African elephant

Film | Accession Number: 2002.189.1 | RG Number: RG-60.3656 | Film ID: 2598

This short film first depicts the African elephant in its natural habitat, aand then as domesticated elephants being used as work animals for a variety of tasks. All the scenes are EXT scenes. There are some interesting scenes shot at night in the camp, where the elephants can be seen with people riding them, etc. VS, of elephant hunting. There is a long, arduous scene where approximately 10 men try to rope and restrain a wild elephant. They are successful in roping one of his hind legs, but the elephant continues to fight off some of the men with his forelegs and his trunk, this struggle is intercut with a scene of a man begin struck down by the elephaant (looks staged). Two tame elephants are soon brought in to calm the frightened animal that the men are still trying to capture. They manage to coax the young elephant away with the help of the two adult elephants, and to rope all four of his legs. He is brought to a camp to train with many other elephants who are being domesticated. VS, elephants carrying supplies through the bush and through water. The African men ride the elephants while the white man rides a mule. VS of elephant caravan, the elephants are also used to take down trees that the men will use as lumber for building projects.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Steven Zabin
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 22:03:46
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