New documentary Gunda explores animal sentience from their own perspective

Yvonne O'Halloran

Directed by Viktor Kossakovskiy, Gunda is a film which doesn’t rely on cinematic effects or shocking visuals to engage the audience. Instead, we see animals from their perspective, stripped back as if nobody is watching.

Drawing from his own experience of friendship with a one-month-old piglet, and later heartbreak when she became New Year’s Eve dinner, Gunda is profoundly moving without becoming vegan propaganda.

The black and white aesthetic of the film and the lack of music or sound was an artistic move by Kossakovskiy, reminding us through small, intimate moments of animals simply existing about the value of life.

In an interview with The Guardian, he said: “The difference between a normal person and a film-maker is that a film-maker can see things a normal person cannot see,”

“That’s why cinema exists: not to tell you a story but to show you things that you cannot see, did not want to see, or chose to ignore. Every day, people choose to ignore what they know about how the food came to the table.”

After watching Gunda, Joaquin Phoenix, the executive producer on board called Kossakovskiy “Wow, someone filmed them,” he said “Not us. Not us killing them. Not in the slaughterhouse. But them. Their personality. I want to be part of it.”

The trailer is now available to watch online and will come to UK cinemas from the 4th of June.

Article written by Martha Moody- United Kingdom




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