GUNDA: A New Film on Animal Sentience Recalibrates Morality
A Sentience Article from All-Creatures.org

FROM Marc Bekoff, Psychology Today/Animal Emotions
May 2021

"I've studied animal emotions for decades and thought I'd pretty much seen all there is to see, however, GUNDA reopened various doors into the emotional lives of nonhuman beings."

"Gunda is a mesmerizing perspective on sentience within animal species, normally—and perhaps purposely—hidden from our view. Displays of pride and reverence, amusement and bliss at a pig’s inquisitive young; her panic, despair and utter defeat in the face of cruel trickery, are validations of just how similarly all species react and cope with events in our respective lives. Victor Kossakovsky has crafted a visceral meditation on existence that transcends the normal barriers that separate species. It is a film of profound importance and artistry."
—Joaquin Phoenix, Executive Producer

Marc Bekoff: I recently watched an amazing film called GUNDA that literally moved me all over the place. I've studied animal emotions for decades and thought I'd pretty much seen all there is to see, however, GUNDA reopened various doors into the emotional lives of nonhuman beings and I wound up watching it over and over again. Joaquin Phoenix's brief summary says it all. The trailer and more details can be seen here.

 

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