Of Oozies and Elephants

Saving the Asian Elephant

Follow scientists with rare access to the elephants of Burma.

Produced by Suzanne Campbell-Jones Nonfiction / Science / Travel English 1h 29m Sell Sheet Also available on
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1 Video DVD January 20, 2015 $24.99 $24.99 857063005042 Add to Cart
1 Video DVD w/Public Performance rights January 20, 2015 $199.99 $199.99 857063005042P Add to Cart

OF OOZIES AND ELEPHANTS offers a cultural story like no other, where man and animal work together toward a common goal. The film also presents serious science from an amazing place with huge, humorous, gracious animals that are critically endangered. 

Myanmar, Burma, is the last country in the world using trained elephants and their handlers, men known as Oozies, for 'selective logging' – taking out one tree at a time. Together they have saved the forests, but tragically the elephants are not maintaining their numbers.

Stunningly filmed, OF OOZIES AND ELEPHANTS offers a powerful portrait of a beautiful country with amazing people, astonishing urban pagodas, sweeping plains, expansive paddy fields and fabulous forests. The Elephants are the stars of the film, and the men play important supporting roles.

Being the first film crew in since the re‐opening of Burma, the OF OOZIES AND ELEPHANTS team were able to capture scenes seldom if ever seen. Embedded within a group of international scientists led by ‘elephant lady’ Dr. Khyne U Mar, access to the elephant camps was unique and unprecedented.  And, the story is one of wonder and amazement. The international team of scientists, assembled from Britain, Finland, Thailand, Germany and the U.S. believe the Burmese timber elephants may yet save their entire species from extinction. That is a huge thought.

OF OOZIES AND ELEPHANTS tells the story of a lifelong commitment by each oozie and each elephant. They are partners, and together they care for one another and their culture in ways that only love, respect and commitment can accomplish. The feature length documentary is filled with emotion, but also complete with information and science that is pertinent to the viewer’s understanding of this most unique place on Earth and the phenomenon OF OOZIES AND ELEPHANTS.

Three and 1/2 stars. "A fine documentary about saving the Asian elephant—an animal critical to preserving one of the largest remaining forest habitations—this is highly recommended." - Video Librarian

"...sterling camerawork highlights the beauty of Myanmar and the rough-and-tumble life of the oozies." - School Library Journal (video review)

“…enlightening…” - Booklist (video review)

"An important film, beautifully made, which plunges us deep into the previously hidden country of Myanmar, its culture and its forests, and intimately close to the elephants and their Oozies, the men who share their lives and work." - Linda Renton, Arts and Media Lecturer