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The news comes as Paul Allen's Vulcan Productions prepares for the world premiere of its newest film, "Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale."
"If we can really get to people's hearts, really emotionally connect through an issue -- whether it's ivory, whether it's poaching, whether it's climate or ocean health, or even education -- then we have the first step in creating awareness," she said.
In addition to "Naledi," the company is releasing another new film about elephants, called "Mind of a Giant", which will air on NatGeo WILD on June 19. The film gives more insight into the world of modern elephants. Researchers explore how the gentle giants exhibit empathy, grief, joy, fear and vengefulness.
Another documentary, scheduled for release later this year, will take viewers inside the illegal ivory trade. Vulcan also continues work on an ambitious project called the "Great Elephant Census."
Conservationists are counting every single elephant in 20 countries to document the dwindling elephant populations.
Allen's company is excited what the ban on most ivory sales in the U.S. means for its mission. But they say the work isn't done until there's a worldwide ban in place to stop the killing of elephants.
"Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale" premieres Sunday, June 5 at the Seattle International Film Festival Cinema Egyptian on Capitol Hill.
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