CH 2007 78'
Director: Karl Saurer
Script: Elena M. Fischli, Karl Sauer
Camera: Matthias Kälin, Boney Keyar, Hansueli Schenkel
Sound: Christian Beusch, Shiju, José Sojen, Martin Witz
Editing:: Loredana Cristelli
Music:: Mafalda Arnauth, Giuseppe Laruccia, Ajit Singh
Production:: Reck Filmproduktion GmbH, Franziska Reck
The film recounts the mysterious story of the Indian elephant Raja that journeyed through the forests of Kerala via Lisbon to Vienna in the year 1550. The reconnaissance trip made by Gandhi-activist P.V. Rajagopal on Raja's route provokes surprising associations. The film reenacts the little elephant's imprisonment, training and appearances at temple ceremonies until he was ambushed as a status symbol by European rulers. It is a story of misappropriation that continues today.