In a proud moment for India, Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga's The Elephant Whisperers won the Oscars 2023 for Best Documentary Short Film. The Elephant Whisperers was among the few Indian films that were nominated at the Oscars 2023. India's The Elephant Whisperers faced a tough competition as other films which were nominated were- “Haulout,” Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev, “How Do You Measure a Year?” Jay Rosenblatt, “The Martha Mitchell Effect,” Anne Alvergue and Beth Levison, “Stranger at the Gate,” Joshua Seftel and Conall Jones.

Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga received the Oscars 2023 Awards from the Last of Us fame actor Pedro Pascal. Guneet Monga donned a beautiful saree when she arrived at the stage to receive the awards. Kartiki Gonsalves thanked the Academy Awards for recognizing and honoring the film which was based on indigenous people and animals.

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About The Elephant Whisperers

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The Elephant Whisperers is a 2022 Indian-American short documentary film directed by documentary filmmaker Kartiki Gonsalves in her directorial debut. The documentary is about the bond that develops between a couple and an orphaned baby elephant, Raghu, who was entrusted to their care. Produced by Sikhya Entertainment, the film had its world premiere on 9 November 2022 at DOC NYC Film Festival, a film festival for documentaries in the United States. The film was released by Netflix globally on 8 December 2022 for streaming. It won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Film at the 95th Academy Awards.

The Elephant Whisperers tells the story of an indigenous couple named Bomman and Belli who are entrusted with an orphaned baby elephant named Raghu. They take great pains to ensure that the fragile, injured infant survives and grows to be a healthy juvenile. A strong bond develops between the couple and the elephant. Set in the Mudumalai National Park in South India, the documentary also highlights the natural beauty of the location. It explores the life of the tribal people in harmony with nature.The film is not just a heart-touching story of a bond between animal and human and co-existence, but also showcases Indian culture and tradition of environment conservation.

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