Pathway: Amongst the Animals

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    The films in this Pathway are about the relationship between humans and animals. How we relate to each other. The space we give to each other to inhabit our planet together. How we interact with them, abuse them, and learn from them. They hold up a mirror to us, we recognize ourselves in them, we come to love them, and eventually we eat them.

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    • Dejan Petrović
    • 2021

      Distinctively framed, observational footage of a dog rescue center in Serbia, and in particular of the endearing dog Vanja and her anonymous trainer. Can humans and animals learn from each other? And what works best: punishment or reward?

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      Buck Fever

      • Griet Goelen, Louise Van Assche
      • 2021

        Hunting is the most normal thing in the world for eight-year-old Emily. She wants to shoot her first deer, and her father and older brother lovingly prepare her for her first attempt.

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        Cow

        • Andrea Arnold
        • 2021

          An anonymous supplier of milk becomes a cow with a personality. In this cinema verité documentary, Andrea Arnold (American Honey) follows a cow named Luma as she goes about her daily life. A whispered, but powerful indictment of the dairy industry.

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          Herd

          • Omer Daida
          • 2021

            A thoughtful father-daughter portrait in which 10-year-old Na’ama considers her father’s business—he’s a livestock farmer supplying the meat industry. Na’ama loves animals and has questions about their fate. Is it possible to do business differently?

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            Nuisance Bear

            • Jack Weisman, Gabriela Osio Vanden
            • 2021

              Churchill, Manitoba is a famous destination for photographing polar bears. But how do they experience the attention? Beautifully composed shots assume a bear’s perspective as it navigates a suspenseful obstacle course of human activity. 

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              Prince of Muck

              • Cindy Jansen
              • 2021

                A warm, observational portrait of Lawrence MacEwen, an amiable figure who for several decades ran the picturesque Scottish island of Muck. Now that he’s stepping aside for the next generation, his thoughts turn to the past. 

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                State of Dogs

                • Peter Brosens, Turmunkh Dorjkhand
                • 1998

                  The soul of the stray dog Baasar is free to roam in this poetic travelogue played out around the smoky cities and untamed steppes of Mongolia. Music, myth, social commentary, and philosophical reflections all blend together in this singular film.

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                  Vedette

                  • Claudine Bories, Patrice Chagnard
                  • 2021

                    A year in the life of Vedette, a cow with a feisty personality who has to face the agonizing truth that she’s no longer Queen of the Swiss Alps. An affectionate documentary about aging that offers an alternate perspective on animals.

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                    The Velvet Queen

                    • Marie Amiguet, Vincent Munier
                    • 2021

                      In the harsh landscape of the Tibetan Highlands, two adventurers go in search of the rare snow leopard. A moving film about a breathtakingly magnificent wilderness, the animals that live in it, and humanity’s lowly position in this hierarchy.

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                      Wild Animal

                      • Maria Besora
                      • 2021

                        Three-year-old Janira lives on a goat farm. She has a speech delay and finds it hard to relate to her peers. But her love of nature and animals is infinite. And she doesn’t need words for these feelings.

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