"Tyke: Elephant Outlaw" to be screened at this year's HIFF

Published: Nov. 12, 2015 at 10:02 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The story of Tyke the elephant is now the focus of a gripping documentary that will be screened at this year's Hawaii International Film Festival, more than 20 years after the circus animal's tragic death.

"Tyke: Elephant Outlaw" tells the story of how the circus elephant went on a rampage during a performance in Honolulu in 1994.

In front of thousands of spectators, Tyke killed her trainer and severely injured her groomer before running through the streets of Kakaako for 30 minutes. Tyke eventually collapsed and died after being shot by Honolulu police 87 times.

The documentary will screen on November 20 and November 21.

It's one of the 181 films that will be shown at the 35th annual HIFF, which opened on Thursday and runs through November 22.

In May, Governor David Ige pledged to discontinue to issuance of permits for entertainment acts involving wild animals.

More than 40 U.S. cities and 30 countries around the world prohibit the use of wild animals for entertainment purposes, including circuses and other performing acts.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

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