Ajyal Film Festival 2024

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The Elephant's Song

Ajyal Competition

Lynn Tomlinson / Short Narrative / United States of America / 2018 / 8 min / Colour / DCP
In English / Arabic subtitles
Interests: Animation


'The Elephant's Song' tells the true and tragic tale of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in America. Old Bet was carried over the sea, sold to a farmer who first thought she could work his fields, then paraded up the East Coast in the first travelling menagerie in North America. Her harrowing tale is recounted in song by her friend the old farm dog, brought to life beautifully through colourful, handcrafted clay-on-glass animation.

About the Directors

Lynn Tomlinson is an award-winning animator whose poignant clay-on-glass films investigate environmental and historical stories from unusual points-of-view. She has received many grants and fellowships, including Independent Artist Fellowships in Media Arts from the states of Maryland, Florida, and Pennsylvania. In addition to her animation and media arts work, Lynn Tomlinson is a community-based public artist who led the construction of four large-scale ceramic mosaics in Central Florida.


Lynn Tomlinson
Lynn Tomlinson, Sam Saper
Lynn Tomlinson
Sam Saper

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