Those of us who have a special affinity with animals (I’m talking about the non-human type) sometimes have conflicted feelings about the meat we consume and how it’s supplied. My sister and brother-in-law recently changed to a plant-based diet and I’ve been wondering what it would take to get me there. I’m lucky to have lived a life in which my next meal has never been in question. I’ve never experienced extreme hunger so I have the luxury of privilege when I say that my relationship to food more often resembles an addict with drugs than a nutritionist with sustenance. Meat, especially, means guilt. Even “cage-free” may mean the chickens were crammed into a warehouse — one gigantic cage instead of lots of little ones.
This film, “Viscera,” explores these issues and more. It was made by the brilliant animator, Lauren Morrison, who says: “Viscera is a short, multi-media film that examines the disconnect between food and source, rich and poor, and the intentional ignorance that allows exploitation to flourish.”
There’s a lot more I could say but I don’t want to affect the viewing experience. What does this film stir up for you?