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Oscars 2023: India's ‘The Elephant Whisperers’ wins Best Documentary Short Film

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Indian documentary on human's relationship with nature, The Elephant Whisperers, won the Oscars for Best Documentary Short Film. Photograph:(Twitter)
The Elephant Whisperers, one of India's official entry to the Oscars this year, has won the prize for Best Documentary Short Film at the Oscars 2023. Kartiki Gonsalves and Guneet Monga produced the movie. Together with this, the films "Haulout," "The Martha Mitchell Effect," "Stranger at the Gate," and "How Do You Measure a Year" were nominated in the same category. The 30-minute movie centers on the relationship between Raghu, an orphaned elephant, and Bomman and Bellie, a couple who dedicate their lives to raising Raghu and defending him from poachers. The movie, which features the Indian heritage of environmental conservation, is based in Tamil Nadu's Mudumalai National Park. On December 8, 2022, Netflix made it available. Reacting on the Oscars win, Monga tweeted, "We just won the first ever Oscar for an Indian Production! Two women did this! I am still shivering (sic)."
The team is "beyond happy" that a tale about elephants and people coexisting in the same space has been nominated for an Oscar, according to Guneet Monga, who said at the time the documentary was selected for the Oscars in December 2022. She was quoted as saying by India Today, “It’s an honor to be in the esteemed company of such diverse projects in the top 15 shortlisted films at the upcoming Oscars 2023. We are beyond ecstatic that ‘The Elephant Whisperers’, a story of elephants in South India and the indigenous communities that co-exist in the same space, has been shortlisted at the 95th Academy Awards for Best Documentary Short Film.” Meanwhile, 'Navalny' won the Best Documentary Feature Film award over Shaunak Sen's 'All That Breathes,' which lost. All The Beauty And The Bloodshed, Fire Of Love, and A House Of Splinters were the other three nominations. For the third time, comedian Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars this year at the Dolby Theatres in Los Angeles, California.

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