Apple has acquired the worldwide rights to Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s documentary “The Elephant Queen” about Athena, a giant matriarch elephant who when faced with a drought must decide whether to lead her pachyderm family away from the water hole they call home or into the badlands in search of food and water.
The risk? The smallest elephants may not be strong enough to complete the trip.
Deeble and Stone immersed themselves with the elephants during the course of four years, living up close and personal with Athena and her herd, highlighting the striking similarities between elephants and people.
The film is narrated by Oscar-nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave,” “Doctor Strange,” the upcoming “Lion King”), and screened today at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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