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by Karl Saurer


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.

original title: Rajas Reise
country: Switzerland
year: 2007
genre: fiction
directed by: Karl Saurer
screenplay: Karl Saurer, Elena M. Fischli
cinematography by: Hansueli Schenkel, Matthias Kälin, Boney Keyar
film editing: Loredana Cristelli
music: Ajit Singh , Mafalda Arnauth
producer: Giuseppe Laruccia, Franziska Reck
production: Reck Filmproduktion, Karl Saurer Filmproduktion, SRF - Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen, 3sat (CH), RAI (IT)
distributor: Cinematograph Filmverleih
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