Jusep Moreno, , Grantee Link >
Jusep Moreno is a filmmaker who received a grant for his documentary, “When Pigs Escape.” The film is about Matilda, a pig who escapes from a farm to give birth to ten piglets shortly after in a nearby woodland. Matilda’s bolt for freedom is accompanied by a campaign to rescue the pig family, and thanks to the collective effort made by two local sanctuaries, animal rights activists, and members of the public, Matilda and her babies are saved and released to the sanctuaries. The documentary is a biographical piece that focuses on the pig family’s new life after being rescued, promoting concern for pigs and inviting us to look at them in a new light to reconsider the ways in which we relate to them. Jusep writes,
The mission of this project is to advocate for pigs, the most exploited mammal on Earth, and to offer humans an opportunity to get to know these animals so that we can change the way we interact with them as individuals and as a society. Currently, pigs are subjected to extensive harm, and their most basic rights are systematically violated. At the same time, most humans only interact with these animals when they eat them, and we mostly see them alive either exploited in farms or in trucks on the way to the slaughterhouse.