‘Tyke Elephant Outlaw’ documentary to screen at HIFF

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It’s been more than 20 years since a circus elephant went on a rampage through downtown Honolulu.

Now the story of Tyke the elephant is being shared on the big screen.

On Aug. 20, 1994, Tyke broke out of a circus performance at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena, killed her trainer and then went on a rampage, trampling another man before police shot and killed her. Honolulu has not had any circus animals here since.

The documentary “Tyke Elephant Outlaw” features former trainers and handlers, along with circus industry insiders, witnesses and animal rights activists.

It will make its Hawaii debut at the Hawaii International Film Festival in November.

The documentary is scheduled to screen Saturday, Nov. 21, at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 22 at 12:15 and 5:30 p.m.

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