One Chance To See 'One Lucky Elephant'


With news out of Ohio of the potentially dangerous and devastating consequences of keeping wild and exotic animals in captivity filling the airwaves this past week, the award-winning documentary One Lucky Elephant—making its only scheduled Northern California appearance this coming Tuesday in Sacramento—is a welcome reminder that some ultimately try do the right thing by animals. Filmed over the course of 10 years, One Lucky Elephant is the true story of circus owner David Balding and Flora, an orphaned African elephant he has raised like a daughter and has starring in his circus. When Balding recognizes that Flora is not enjoying her life under the big top, he sets out on a mission to find her a new home—one that offers her the companionship of other elephants. A love story of sorts, the film explores the complex and often damaging relationship humans have with wild animals. Born Free USA, a Sacramento-headquartered national animal protection group, presents the non-graphic, family-friendly film on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Guild Theater, 2828 35th St. Tickets are $10 general, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for ages 12 and younger. Will Travers, Born Free USA’s CEO, will speak before the screening, a benefit for the nonprofit. Tickets can be purchased at the door on the evening of the show, in advance online at or in person at Sugar Plum Vegan (2135 K St.).