APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT is nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Documentary!
APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT wins DocAviv’s Best International Film Award!
APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT wins Belfast Film Festival’s Maysles Brothers Award!
Film Independent Spirit Awards nominates APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT for the Truer Than Fiction Award!

Cinema Eye Honors nominates APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT for Outstanding Achievement in a Debut Feature Film!

APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT wins the Emerging Cinematic Vision Award at the Camden International Film Festival!



“Superb…astonishingly nuanced and intimate…a tour de force.”
—The New Yorker
“Riveting…This is social interaction in its purest form.”
—The A.V. Club
“A psychodrama of often-startling intensity.”
—The Dissolve
“A remarkable deadpan comedy about the travails of classroom dynamics.”
“A visceral, experiential, and absorbing viewing experience, not an educational issue doc.”
“The children’s personalities come across eloquently…puts one in mind of Truffaut’s Wild Child.”
—Sight & Sound
“APPROACHING THE ELEPHANT belong[s] on any list of the year’s great docs…strikes a perfect balance between vérité immediacy and reflective abstraction.”
“Intelligent, sensitive and expertly made…also significant because of its ability to provoke introspection and arguments.”
“A multivalent winner.”
—Filmmaker Magazine
“One of the finest documentaries in recent memory.”