Mario Burbach is a freelance visual storyteller based in Berlin, Germany. He received a grant for a short film called “Would You?” (“Würdest Du?” in German) to visualize our moral dilemma when it comes to individuals we call “farm animals” and who we sent to slaughter at a very young age. He writes:
With the short film project titled “Would You?”, I want to visualize our double standards when it comes to our treatment of other living and breathing beings. Individuals we call “farm animals” and sent to slaughter for having meat on our plates.
Why do we kill another species’ babies or teenagers just for food? Does really that much separate a human child from a pig one sends to slaughter at the age of six months? What if we show the most obvious of human’s unethical consumption of other creatures?
Mario has completed his short film called “Would You?” (“Würdest Du?”) in August and submitted it to twenty-five film festivals around the world. COVID-19 forced him to shoot in extraordinary circumstances, with all cast and crew members filming in masks unless in front of the camera. Despite these circumstances, he was able to spend more time on pre-production, reaching out to additional sponsors, and editing. With sponsorship and partnerships from “Wheaty,” “Tofu Town,” and “Vetzgerei,” Mario secured props like vegan meats and the location used for filming – “a vegan butchery.” He plans to release the short firm online for dissemination.