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Apple TV+ includes interesting and varied content, ranging from dramatic or science fiction series to documentaries such as Queen of Elephants , which premiered in early 2019 to give us an insight into the harsh life of elephants. After watching this documentary we have undoubtedly left with very interesting details that we wanted to collect, to encourage you to watch it if you are a nature or animal lover.

It is true that this movie was released when Apple TV+ was not available to users, but Apple wanted to distribute it on its platform, so we are lucky to be able to watch it on Apple TV+.

Technical sheet Queen of Elephants

  • Release date: 27 January 2019 at the Sundance Film Festival.
  • Duration: 96 minutes.
  • Genre: Documentaries.
  • Directors: Mark Deeble and Victoria Stone
  • Production: Lucinda Englehart.
  • Starring: Chiwetel Eijofor.
  • Music: Alex Heffes and A24.
  • Guón: Mark Deeble
  • Photography: Mark Deeble
  • Production company: Deeble & Stone.
  • Distribution: Apple TV+.
  • Recording zone: Kenya and USA.


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The plot of this interesting film focuses on Athena, a 50-year-old mother elephant who becomes the matriarch of a herd of females. In this herd we can find Mala, the eldest daughter Mili and the newborn Mimi.

These elephants live in Kenya , in a bucolic area known as The Kingdom with several water wells. In these wells you can find a more diverse fauna such as frogs, bulls, chameleons, beetles or turtles. This variety of species is very important, as it can be clearly seen that they live in symbiosis . That is, all the animals help each other in order to survive in different conditions. Here we can clearly see how life can develop in nature , something that for many will be unknown.

Due to a great drought in Kenya , elephants are forced to leave their natural environment by migrating far from their territory to a savannah. Obviously the road is not at all easy as they have to feed and drink on the way, and the wells are not that close to each other. The real problem they will have on this journey is that the matriarch, Athena, will have to look after Mimi who is the newborn of the herd and does not have a very good resistance. Here a big decision ahead: abandon Mimi or put the whole herd at risk.

This journey of the elephants is narrated by the English actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.


This film undoubtedly shows us the difficulties that animals face in nature in the face of the different adversities that occur. Many of these problems can be caused by us humans, so this is certainly a documentary worth watching to raise awareness. It is true that can be a bit hard to watch in its entirety as you have to be quite fascinated by this kind of content to enjoy it as it deserves. The different shots we see in the documentary are simply beautiful. The quality in this sense is very good and the pictures even more so the chosen setting and the way to record it is tremendously good. No doubt this is a film that deserves to be seen on a big 4K screen to enjoy all the scenarios.

One of the drawbacks to this documentary is that falls into the clichés of what we find in other competing films. We have not sought to differentiate it from the rest of the documentaries that we can find that it is something that will undoubtedly be improved for future documentaries.

In the script of this movie, sometimes falls quite a bit into ‘cheesiness’ that takes one out of context. But the message of compassion that the production tries to convey undoubtedly reaches the viewer by the way the story is told. The intimate images that are visualised also make up a large part of the work. As we say, it makes a wonderful diffusion of the problems of the fauna in this type of country and of the decisions that they must make in herds, since we must remember that we humans are not the only ‘intelligent’ ones since many animals also have intelligence and here we see it demonstrated.

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