The King's Keeper

12 mins


Colorado Premiere
A retired circus elephant, Gajraj (“King”), and a “mahout,” or elephant handler, Prahlad, find each other at the Elephant Conservation and Care Center in Mathura, India. In the circus, Prahlad recalls, handlers chained and beat elephants and jabbed them with sharp spears. At the Conservation Center, they care for the elephants. Both Gajraj and Prahlad bear scars from their past. Both are healing. “I like this work,” Prahlad says. “It’s what I want to do. And I’ll keep doing it. I am Gajraj’s Mahout. And he is my king.”

Production Team

Thomas Rowell

Festival Screenings

Featured in the 2019 Mountainfilm Festival.
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