The Linesman: Both Sides Matter

Film Info

Film Year: 2021

Film Duration: 26 min

Country: United States

Language: English


Dominic Gill

Film Category

The Linesman is the story of one man’s mission to end human-elephant conflict in his homeland. With an unprecedented view of the plight of threatened villagers and their massive, majestic foes — the Asian Elephant — we come to truly understand both sides of this deadly struggle. Set in the rural landscape of Myanmar, The Linesman illustrates how decades of massive deforestation, the loss of critical habitat, and the increase in elephant poaching for ivory and skin, have driven elephants to desperate measures to survive. In then search for food and safety, they invade nearby villages destroying essential crops and posing a lethal risk to villagers. To protect their livelihoods and their loved ones, these villagers have often resorted to killing elephants themselves or calling in brutal poachers to do the job for them. The destruction on both sides has created devastating results that demand a search for solutions. The Linesman is a 30-minute documentary that explores the root causes of human-elephant conflict and highlights the efforts of conservationist U Khin Maung Gyi to restore peace and balance between these two vital communities.