"An Apology to Elephants," as you might guess from the title, is not pro-circus.
It's not totally anti-zoo, however.
Narrated by actress Lily Tomlin -- who introduces herself by saying, "I'm Lily Tomlin, and I love elephants -- this short HBO documentary, which premieres at 7 p.m. Monday, delves into the methods used on elephants in captivitiy, starting when they're just babies, to train them to do the tricks many of us grew up accepting as a form of entertainment. It also visits a sanctuary for elephants in California.
There's also some truly beautiful footage of elephants living as nature intended. ("What is the problem with the elephant in the room?" asks one expert. "The room.")