While everyone talking about Nattu Nattu bagging the coveted Oscar Award in the Best Song category, another Indian creation also have crafted a new history by clinching the distinguished award in the Best Documentary Short category.
The Elephant Whisperers, the Netflix short documentary by Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga has won the Oscar for Best Documentary Short category at the 95th Academy Awards which was held yesterday (13th March 2023). This documentary film defeated films like Haulout, How Do You Measure a Year?, The Martha Mitchell Effect and Stranger At The Gate to bag this award.
With this, “The Elephant Whisperers” becomes the first Indian documentary to win an Oscar.
During her acceptance speech, the director of this film, Kartiki Gonsalves expressed, “I stand here today to speak of the sacred bond between us and our natural world, for the respect of indigenous communities and empathy towards other living beings we share space with, and finally, coexistence.”
Sharing this happy news to the entire world, producer Guneet Monga penned an heartfelt gratitude post on her Instagram page :-
“Tonight is historic as this is the first ever Oscar for an Indian production”
The documentary tells the story of an indigenous couple named Bomman and Bellie as they care for an orphaned baby elephant. The film focuses on the special connection that develops between an animal and those who look after it.
The couple who belong to the Kattunayakan community, which is a tribal group that has been protecting the forest for generations.The documentary is filled with heartfelt moments that show how much the elephants and the people who look after them care for one other. In one of a warming scene, baby elephant Ammu seen wiping away Bellie’s tears when she breaks down over Raghu’s separation.