Chickens, Virus and Us

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Filip Remunda - 2020 - Czech Republic - 74

The began of filming started in March 2020, at the onset of the coronavirus crisis, when we took refuge in the mountainous countryside with our three children. While surfing the internet, the children found a video from an Asian food market. The camera wanders through the marketplace showing dissected snakes, rats and other wild animals, including bats. They were shocked to see overcrowded cages full of cats and dogs destined for slaughter. In another video, the children learned that the coronavirus had reportedly spread from wild animals to humans in a similar marketplace in Wuhan, China. Reflections on the relationship between humans and animals lead them to the decision to adopt chickens and keep them as their local neighbours do. Each one of us adopted one chicken from the cage breeding farm. Their questions are full of childish naivete but painfully aware of the urgency.

10/11 - 9pm - Cinemes Girona VOSC