Life Size Memories

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Reisinger, Klaus, and Frédérique Lengaigne. Life Size Memories. Vienna: Compass Films/R2 Films, 2011. Color, Blu-Ray, 120 min.

Too often we view wild animals as generic representatives of their species. But Life Size Memories attempts to change all that, discovering individual beings that stand out on their own terms. The film follows as two experienced war photojournalists train their lenses on captive elephants in war zones across Southeast Asia to create life-sized photographic portraits of these individuals. What do these portraits augur for the fate of the elephant? Reisinger and Lengaigne’s beautiful film travels to four different nations to find a complicated answer—that regional variations in both human and elephant cultures will ultimately determine which individuals live and which become mere faded memories. (Source: Tales from Planet Earth)

© 2011 Compass Films/R2 Films. Trailer used with permission. 

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Further readings: 
  • Goodall, Jane, et al. Hope for Animals and Their World: How Endangered Species Are Being Rescued from the Brink. New York City: Grand Central Publishing, 2011.
  • Manfredo, Michael J., et al., eds. Wildlife and Society: The Science of Human Dimensions. Washington: Island Press, 2008.
  • Münster, Daniel, and Ursula Münster. “Human-Animal Conflicts in Kerala: Elephants and Ecological Modernity on the Agrarian Frontier in South India.” In “Fields and Forests: Ethnographic Perspectives on Environmental Globalization,” edited by Daniel Münster, Ursula Münster, and Stefan Dorondel. Special issue, RCC Perspectives 5 (2012): 41–49.
  • Rangarajan, Mahesh, Ajay Desai, R Sukumar, PS Easa, Vivek Menon, S Vincent, Suparna Ganguly, BK Talukdar, Brijendra Singh, Divya Mudappa, Sushant Chowdhary and AN Prasad. Gajah. Securing the Future for Elephants in India. The Report of the Elephant Task Force, Ministry of Environment and Forests. New Delhi: Ministry of Environment and Forests, 2010.