Elephants are among the Earthâs most majestic and intelligent creatures â but for hundreds of years, they have suffered under the hands of humans. We have poached them for their tusks, chained them up in captivity, and destroyed their natural habitats. Narrated and executive produced by OscarÂ® nominated actress Lily Tomlin and directed and produced by EmmyÂ® winner Amy Schatz, An Apology to Elephants is an HBOÂ® family documentary that illustrates how elephants live in the wild â from their matriarchal structure to their truly impressive memories â and examines the problems and issues that arise when they are brought to live in captivity in zoos and circuses. This film traces our long history with elephants and features beautiful nature footage, juxtaposed with disturbing behind-the-scenes video of the cruel ways that circuses break down elephantsâ spirits in order to get them to perform. The film also shows how people have been striving to spread awareness and improve the conditions for the scores of elephants still living in North America.
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