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Elephant Queen

Directed by Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone

Kenya | Documentary | 96

20 Apr
Sat, Apr 20 at 12:00 pm
Castro Theatre

Guests Expected

Co-directors Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble is expected to attend.


When a long drought disrupts the Tsavo Region’s fragile ecosystem, a herd of elephants is forced to make a perilous migration to seek a sustainable water source. Their stirring adventure begins as the herd’s powerful leader, 50-year-old matriarch Athena, takes dramatic action to ensure the future of her cohort. Living and filming in Kenya for over four years, directors Stone and Deeble achieve a level of breathtaking intimacy with their subjects, placing the audience directly into the heart of this family of gentle giants.

Recommended for ages 8 and up. Content Advisory: Circle of life depicted.

“Deeble, the credited cinematographer, gets spectacularly intimate and beautiful shots of the elephants and their animal friends. The film is at its best when it lays out the entire ecosystem species by species, each relying on the other in a delicate chain of life, death, verdancy, and sustenance.” – Scott Tobias, Variety

“A glorious adventure surveying the wonders of the world through an elephant migration provocatively contemplates the earth’s finite natural resources.” – Stephen Saito, Moveable Fest

Co-director Mark Deeble

Wildlife documentarian Mark Deeble works primarily in Kenya and says of himself, “My home is in Cornwall. My heart is in Africa.” Among the films he’s made with partner and co-director Victoria Stone are Tale of the Tides: The Hyaena and the Mudskipper (1998) and The Queen of Trees (2005), winner of the Best Nature Documentary Award at the Shanghai International TV Festival. He and Stone were part of the team that shared a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound for Haunt of the Hippo (2000).

Co-director Victoria Stone

Says Victoria Stone of why she became a filmmaker, “I love telling stories. I cannot think of a better way to spend my life than exploring the wild in order to understand the natural world and share new and unusual stories that reflect the circle of life.” In addition to their Emmy win for Haunt of the Hippo (2000), she and Deeble have received three more News & Documentary Award nominations.

Film Details

Year 2018

Language English

Runtime 96

Country Kenya/UK

Director Mark Deeble, Victoria Stone

Producer Lucinda Englehart, Victoria Stone

Editor David Dickie, Victoria Stone

Cinematographer Mark Deeble

Music Alex Heffes

Print Source Apple