Gunda

Gunda

With an introduction by and conversation (in English) with Misha Beliën.

Come and meet Gunda, a female pig living with her piglets at a farmstead in Norway. In this intimate, meditative documentary, director Viktor Kossakovsky and cinematographer Egil Haaskjold Larsen invite you to look at the world, the farm and the animals living on it through the eyes of a pig.

In gorgeous black & white, with only the sounds of the animals themselves and their environment, this film portrays Gunda and her piglets, a couple of cows and a one-legged chicken. The film-maker presents his subjects lovingly, in all their splendour; this makes for viewing that is both endearing in the extreme and heart-wrenching.

Zen-Buddhist, philosopher and documentary maker Misha Beliën will shortly introduce the film. Upon his initiation as monk, Beliën took the boddisatva vow, in which he promises to liberate all living animals. After the screening, there is time and space to enter into conversation with each other.

Screening in the context of a series on Mindfulness, by Studium Generale WUR (www.wur.nl/studiumgenerale). Free entrance for WUR-card holders. Register under ’10-zittenkaart’, and show your WUR-card at the cinema.