Mahout: Changing Reigns
Erik Dettle // USA // 2013 // 17 min // Original with English sub. // U

Disappearing World
Wed, 23 Apr • TIM XXI 3 • 17:00
Fri, 25 Apr • Tim XXI 4 • 17:30

The rural northeast of Thailand is home to the fabled Gwi people, an ancient tribe of elephant keepers known as the Mahouts. The film Mahout: Changing Reigns explores the cultural history and evolution of Gwi Mahouts as well as their legendary relationships with elephants.

Erik Dettle is a NYC based cinematographer and documentary filmmaker. He focuses on ethnographic stories at the crossroads of culture and conservation. His resume includes Wastrel: Cast Out in Kisumu and Mahout: Changing Reigns. His cinematography has been seen on American broadcast networks such as SPEED, Nickelodeon, Travel, History and TLC.