#HotDocs23 @hotdocs: Fauna

A brief synopsis,

                In a forest on the outskirts of Barcelona an old shepherd and his flock live alongside a high-tech laboratory for animal experimentation. Two opposite worlds facing each other. Two worlds that are two sides of the same coin. While the shepherd, afflicted with a bone disease, witnesses his profession disappearing, scientists are busier than ever researching the Covid-19 vaccine. ‘Fauna’ is a science fiction fable about the relationship between humans, animals and science in post-pandemic times.”

Review: Fauna is a wonderfully reflective documentary to consider as we wrap up the festival. Breathe in the pastoral scenes of goats in a pasture. A shepherd considers their contribution to his life as an aging individual. The goats provided the shepherd a quiet existence with a lifetime of support towards the human condition. A parallel is juxtaposed to the shepherd’s narrative in the form of a researcher’s relationship to the goats. We see the researcher’s in the early days of Covid-19 committed to using pigs and goats to test vaccines but from a lens of ushered kindness and respect when led into a testing facility. The researcher’s speak to gratitude for the contributions of the animal’s lives and bodies. When challenged by members of the research community on re-considering the use of animals for testing purposes – their responses may not be what you may expect. Worth a watch!

Thirty Four Flavours Rating: 4/5

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