Jusep Moreno

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Jusep Moreno is a filmmaker who received a 2022 grant for his documentary film, When Pigs Escape, and a grant in 2023 for Correbous.

When Pigs Escape 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.

Since his grant award, Jusep Moreno has successfully completed his documentary When Pigs Escape. The documentary received a recognition award from IndieFEST, Impact Docs, and S.O.F.A. Tails, and was an official selection at the International Vegan Film Festival, Cardiff International Film Festival, International Social Change Film Festival, and Stockholm City Film Festival.

Correbous: The Catalan Bullfight focuses on a form of bullfighting in Catalunya, in Spain, where even though the corrida is banned, practices that involve the exploitation of bulls in correbous, a form of bullfighting, are still legal and occur over five hundred times a year. Jusep aims to shoot the documentary through the perspective of the bulls, hoping to inspire the public and political representatives to push for the abolition of bullfighting, which is picking up speed throughout Catalunya. The first documentary of its kind, Correbous will be submitted, like When Pigs Escape, to well-known film festivals throughout Europe.