Experiential cinema in its purest form, Gunda chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. Using stark, transcendent black and white cinematography and the farm’s ambient soundtrack, director Victor Kossakowsky invites the audience to slow down and experience life as his subjects do, taking in their world with a magical patience and an other worldly perspective. Gunda asks us to meditate on the mystery of animal consciousness, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it.
Where his prior film, the acclaimed epic, Aquarela, was a reminder of the fragility of human tenure on earth, in Gunda, master filmmaker Kossakovsky reminds us that we share our planet with billions of other animals and movingly recalibrates our moral universe, reminding us of the inherent value of life and the mystery of all animal consciousness, including our own.
Director: Victor Kossakowsky
Running Time: 93 minutes