Buddha’s Giants – NHNZ Film Screening

September 24, 2007 at 9:58 am | Posted in Library_News | Leave a comment

Discover how Asia’s endangered elephants have played a crucial and varied role in Sri Lanka’s rich and turbulent history, and learn what the future may hold for these gentle giants.

In Sri Lanka elephants are seen as symbols of wisdom and compassion and have played a crucial role in the country’s rich and turbulent history. But as the Sri Lankan people look forward to more peaceful times after years of civil strife, the country’s elephant population faces an uncertain future.

There are few domestic male tuskers remaining to continue their central symbolic role in elaborate religious festivals, but more importantly the wild elephants that remain are fighting a deadly land war with country people as they compete for precious food. Unless a solution is found soon, the unique partnership between humans and elephants, which has existed for centuries could be lost forever.

Buddha’s Giants follows the exciting role of the elephants involved in perahera, a magnificent Buddhist festival, and takes an in-depth look at the challenges facing the rest of the diminishing population.

  • Tuesday 16 October
  • 10.30am & 5.30pm
  • First Floor, LearnIT Left
  • City Library
  • Free
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