Elephants in the Coffee

Feature Film: Elephants in the Coffee

Saturday, Sept 9th, 2017
8:00 PM at
Music Recital Hall


Trailer: Elephants in the Coffee from Tom Grant on Vimeo.

About the Film

A conflict for survival between Asian elephants, farmers and workers in the coffee estates of southern India has changed attitudes about the living embodiment of Ganesh, the elephant God. With more than 100 people being killed by elephants each year, the elephant is now a “menace” and India farmers are fighting back, killing elephants not for ivory but to protect their livelihood and their lives. This film follows farmers into the coffee estates to see the danger, travels with government teams to capture rogues, and observes the process of caging and forcing dangerous elephants into submission. While many “solutions” have been advanced, most have limited success. Yet a few farmers have a plan for elephant safe coffee, and co-existence of the world’s most popular beverage and the world’s largest land animal.

Crew:  D.K. Bhaskar, Austin Morris, Shelby Evans, Naveen Cariappa, Karthic Krishnan

DC Premiere


  • Award of Merit, Nature Films, Accolade Global Film Competition La Jolla, California, United States
  • Best Documentary, Doc Sunback Film Festival Mulvane, KS, United States

Director: Thomas Grant

Dr. Thomas Grant, Ph.D., is a Professor of Journalism at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. Grant has won more than 10 national awards for his reporting, including two duPont-Columbia Awards, often referred to as the Pulitzers of broadcasting. He worked 30 years as a journalist in television and newspapers before earning his Ph.D. at the University of Idaho. Grant holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.

Director: D.K. Bhaskar





Runtime: 60 minutes

Language: English

Genre: Environment, Agriculture, Wildlife

Country: India

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Short Film: Five O’ Clock Shadow

About the Film

An Indian-American mother’s worst fear rises to the surface when she is the victim of racial abuse.

World Premiere

Post Screening Discussion with Director Sangeeta Agrawal and Cast

Cast: Sangeeta Agrawal, Sridhar Mirajkar

Director: Sangeeta Agrawal

Five O’Clock Shadow is Sangeeta Agrawal’s first film as a writer and director. She has been a stage actor for over 30 years and has acted in several short films in lead roles. Her films have been screened at numerous festivals, both in the U.S. and abroad. Her film, A Good Match, was screened at the Delhi International Film Festival where she won the Best NRI Actress award.

Runtime: 8 minutes

Language: English

Country: USA

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Short Film: Chhoti Si Guzarish

About the Film

This film is story of a father who is taking care of his wife, suddenly situation changes and he lost sugna and after lots of effors he is not able to save his wife, he is broken and he lost hope and thereafter he fight with himself and proove himself

World Premiere

Cast:  Shishir Sharma, Smita Jaykar, Inder Kumar

Director: Pragyesh Singh

Biography coming soon.

Runtime: 28 minutes

Language: Hindi (with English Subtitles)

Country: India

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