In the heartwarming YA novel When Elephants Fly, Lily, a teen genetically predisposed to schizophrenia, recalls memories of her abusive past after she witnesses a captive elephant’s violent rejection of its newborn. She’s compelled to take action after learning about the problematic living conditions of wild animals held in captivity, but is she willing to risk her sanity to save the life of a baby elephant?
Lily is an 18-year-old high school student who lives a fearful, cautious life because of her family history of schizophrenia. Guided by her protective single dad, she has a detailed plan on how to avoid any stress and activities over the next 12 years that could cause the mental illness to be triggered in her.
Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story Written by Ashley Bell, John Michael McCarthy III, Fernanda Rossi
Directed by Ashley Bell
Featuring Ashley Bell, Lek Chailert, and Noi Na the Elephant
Documentary | 75 Minutes
Release date: April 27, 2018
“You don’t need a bull hook to control an elephant. You can guide an elephant with love… And bananas” – Lek Chailert, Founder of Save Elephant Foundation
You may know Ashley Bell from her roles in 2010’s The Last Exorcism or 2016’s Carnage Park, but her most important role to date by far is bringing to light the true story of Asian elephants in her new documentary Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story. The film saw a small theatrical run during Earth Day week last week and is being released in more theaters on April 27, 2018. Produced, written, directed by and starring Bell, the documentary details the awful treatment of the declining elephant populations in Southeast Asia and her attempts to help in the rescue of one particular elephant, the 70-year-old blind Noi Na.