Produced by Joaquin Phoenix, PETA’s “Personality of the Year 2019”, and directed by Animal Friend Victor Kossakovsky, the film Gunda, a PETA Oscar winner, has been called “spellbinding”. But in the words of its director, Gunda is “a love story”. The film tells the intimate stories of a mother pig and her piglets, a family of cows and a few chickens who are all raised to be killed and eaten.
We can all imagine baby pigs frantically sucking on their mothers’ udders, but Gunda takes it a step further and artfully paints a detailed scene that lets us experience what it’s like to be a mother pig. This beautiful and ultimately tragic film forces us to put our phones away and calm our hyper-stimulated brains as this powerful story unfolds at its own pace.
What are you talking about Gunda ?
The documentary follows a sow named Gunda who gives birth to her piglets and raises them. This story is interspersed with images of chickens stepping cautiously in the grass and cows working in teams of two to keep flies away. One of the chickens is not deterred by having only one leg, the young pigs curiously catch the rain falling in their mouths, and the cows jump for joy. You have certainly never approached these animals in such an intimate way. The use of words, music and even colors would only have distorted the story, so they were left out as the raw experience of the different way of life of these other beings overwhelms you.
Onlookers see Gunda’s little babies grow into youngsters who play with each other, follow their mothers everywhere and learn to fend for themselves – then the first real sign of human presence appears …
Watch the trailer for the film now, and hit theaters when it releases to find out how it ends.
What we can remember from watching Gunda
Animals raised for food are treated as mere disposable commodities in the meat, egg and dairy industries. As soon as they are deemed profitable – regardless of their personalities, friendships and families – they are slaughtered and their body parts are sold in supermarkets.
The film reinforces what many caring people have already known for a long time: Animals are sentient beings who love their family and friends, feel pain – both emotional and physical – and want to live without suffering.
Do not forget : around 80% of animals killed for food in France today are raised on intensive, overcrowded and highly industrialized farms. They do not live in environments like the one featured in Gunda – and especially not the pigs, 95% of which are raised on slatted floors in buildings. On the contrary, they spend their entire existence in dark, dirty and cramped places. Although they experience the same emotions as the dogs and cats with whom we lovingly share our homes, animals used for food are routinely confined in battery cages, hutches or farrowing and gestation cages. But as shown Gunda, there is no ethical breeding of food animals.
look Gunda with your friends and family
Watch the film and help others make the connection: animals are individuals who exist for their own reasons; their lives do not belong to us, and we must not dispose of them for use as food.
Decide today to change your diet so that no more animals are sent to the slaughterhouse for your meal: