THE STORY OF DAO

An elephant is born deep in the forest of Thailand. The year is 1953.  Life is idyllic for the little elephant – until one fateful day when everything changes: young Dao is captured. She is broken and pressed into human service, forced to leave behind all that she loves.

Like the beloved character “Black Beauty,” Dao experiences both hardship and kindness in the world of man.  Her sixty-year journey carries her from pristine jungle, through ancient ruins, logging camps and a black market underworld. 

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In the final chapter of her life, Dao finds safety in a forest sanctuary.

Alternately heartbreaking and uplifting, Dao’s is a story of close calls and fateful encounters. With dignity, she navigates the landmines of her life, her spirit fueled by the dream to someday find her family.  In the end, Dao’s courage and endurance are rewarded. Five decades after her story began, Dao encounters a stranger.  Within a heartbeat, she recognizes the old elephant… It is her sister, separated nearly five decades ago.  The two old women trumpet and roar, hobbling across a clearing to embrace.  Their bond will never again be broken.

 

About the Film


Dao, though semi-fictional, is a composite of living, breathing elephants and their extraordinary histories. Six-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Allison Argo was inspired to bring Dao’s story to the screen after meeting an elephant named Pang Dao on the streets of Bangkok fifteen years ago. The Story of Dao has been germinating ever since. At last, the time is right to bring this remarkable tale to life as a theatrical film. Like the beloved tale of Black Beauty, The Story of Dao will open hearts and minds to the plight of some of earth's most intelligent, sensitive and endangered creatures. Behind the dwindling population of the world’s elephants are hundreds of stories, and behind every statistic there is an individual—a breathing, sentient being who has witnessed a changing world. This is the story of one such elephant and her unforgettable journey.

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THE STORY OF DAO - Behind the Scenes... A True Story
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THE STORY OF DAO - Behind the Scenes... A True Story

Please help us breathe life into this film. Visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1611104732/the-story-of-dao-raise-awareness-for-elephants-thr About the film from producer/director Allison Argo: Twelve years ago I met an elephant named Pang Dao while filming in Bangkok. She was living in an abandoned lot under a highway. Each night she would beg for food on the streets with her mahouts. Pang Dao still had open wounds from decades of logging; she had a distant look in her eyes, as if long ago she had retreated to some place deep inside. Her past was blurry and her future tenuous... "The Story of Dao" is a theatrical film based on the life of Pang Dao and hundreds of elephants like her. Captured from the wild as an infant, Dao is taken from her family. She is broken and pressed into human service, forced to leave behind all that she loves. The film spans Dao's lifetime -- over fifty years -- from pristine jungle, through ancient temples, logging camps and a black market underworld. As her journey unfolds, the world around her shifts: the forests shrink, illegal logging and drug trafficking flourish, elephants beg on city streets and tradition erodes...until at last, a kinder attitude towards elephants begins to emerge. In the final chapter of her life, Dao finds safety in a forest sanctuary. Like the beloved tale of Black Beauty, The Story of Dao will open hearts and minds to the plight of some of earth's most intelligent, sensitive and endangered creatures. While African elephants are listed as "Threatened, "Asian elephants are listed as "Endangered."Behind the dwindling numbers are hundreds of stories, and behind every statistic there is an individual...a breathing, sentient being who has witnessed the dizzying change. This is the story of one such elephant and her unforgettable journey. Please join us in the infancy of this project. We have completed a three-week scout in SE Asia, where we researched locations, story details, permits, etc. Award-winning cameraman, Joe Pontecorvo, also shot footage for a promo, which we are currently editing. Deepest thanks to our supporters who helped make our scout possible. We've just begun the process of raising funds for the film itself, and we would welcome any and all support. To learn how you can help, click here: http://www.argofilms.com/film/story-dao Join our journey by subscribing to our channel! Our Emmy Award winning films seek to lend a voice to those who cannot speak for themselves. Like what we do? Let us know! Follow us on: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EmmyWinningArgoFilms Twitter: http://twitter.com/thestoryofdao Our Website and Blog: http://www.argofilms.com/
STORY OF DAO - An Unforgettable Film
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STORY OF DAO - An Unforgettable Film

This work in progress follows the extraordinary life of an elephant. Inspired by a true story! THE FILM Twelve years ago I met an elephant named Pang Dao while filming in Bangkok. She was living in an abandoned lot under a highway. Each night she would beg for food on the streets with her mahouts. Pang Dao still had open wounds from decades of logging; she had a distant look in her eyes, as if long ago she had retreated to some place deep inside. Her past was blurry and her future tenuous... "The Story of Dao" is a theatrical film based on the life of Pang Dao and hundreds of elephants like her. Captured from the wild as an infant, Dao is taken from her family. She is broken and pressed into human service, forced to leave behind all that she loves. The film spans Dao's lifetime -- over fifty years -- from pristine jungle, through ancient temples, logging camps and a black market underworld. As her journey unfolds, the world around her shifts: the forests shrink, illegal logging and drug trafficking flourish, elephants beg on city streets and tradition erodes...until at last, a kinder attitude towards elephants begins to emerge. In the final chapter of her life, Dao finds safety in a forest sanctuary. Like the beloved tale of Black Beauty, The Story of Dao will open hearts and minds to the plight of some of earth's most intelligent, sensitive and endangered creatures. While African elephants are listed as "Threatened, "Asian elephants are listed as "Endangered."Behind the dwindling numbers are hundreds of stories, and behind every statistic there is an individual...a breathing, sentient being who has witnessed the dizzying change. This is the story of one such elephant and her unforgettable journey. From director Allison Argo My films have won six Emmys and been broadcast throughout the world. Through 20+ years of making documentaries, I have witnessed the power of film to transform. I met Pang Dao, the inspiration for this story, while making my 1997 film The Urban Elephant w/ Nat Geo & PBS. The film went on to win two national Emmys (one for directing and one for producing)—but more importantly, it helped to shift the way we perceive elephants and improve the care they receive in captivity. With your help, we can raise awareness about elephants in Asia. Please HELP! Please join us in the infancy of this project. We have completed a three-week scout in SE Asia, and have begun the process of raising funds for the film. We welcome any and all support! To learn how you can help, click here: argofilms.com/film/story-dao Please feel free to contact us: http://www.argofilms.com/contact Thanks so much for you interest and support. Join our journey by subscribing to our channel! Like what we do? Let us know! Follow us on: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/StoryofDao and http://www.facebook.com/EmmyWinningArgoFilms Twitter: http://twitter.com/thestoryofdao