According to ScreenDaily, Joaquin Phoenix has joined Victor Kossakovsky’s Encounters documentary Gunda as an executive producer. The film focuses on the lives of farm animals, including a focus on the sow.
Phoenix, known for his passionate advocacy of animal rights, joined ahead of the premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. The premiere is February 23. The documentary “recalibrates our moral universe, reminding us of the inherent value of life and the mystery of all animal consciousness, including our own,” according to the official synopsis.
In a statement, Phoenix said, “Gunda is a mesmerising 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. It is a film of profound importance and artistry.”
Phoenix has made headlines for recent animal activism, including his moving Best Actor speech at the Academy Awards and for saving two cows shortly afterward. Joaquin Phoenix joined an animal protest after the SAG Awards in Los Angeles. He also spoke about climate change in his Golden Globes speech and in a statement to the press after the awards show. Phoenix was arrested alongside Jane Fonda at a Firedrill Friday Protest in Washington to stand up against climate change. He also led an animal rights protest ahead of the BAFTA Awards in London.
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