Student - October 13, 2011

Graduation project in the cinema

Who? Christoph Janzing
What? Filmed ‘Under the animal's skin' (together with Stefan Sand)
Why? Premiere on 31 October, 8.30 p.m. in Movie W

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What kind of a film is it?
‘It is a graduation project for my Forest and Nature Conservation degree. It is in response to the debate about the welfare of large herbivores in the Oostvaardersplassen nature area. We show the differences between a farmer, the Oostvaardersplassen forestry officer and a hunter in their views on how to deal with animals.'

Do you take sides?
‘No, we deliberately do not. You can't say only one is right as all three have something to say. How do they deal with killing animals, what are their standards, values and beliefs, why do they do what they do?'

Controversial images?
‘Yes, there are some unsettling images. We accompanied a huntsman shooting a wild boar, we show a cow being slaughtered and we went into the Oostvaardersplassen with a nature manager to shoot a weakened animal.'

What does the title mean?
‘The people featured in the film try to get ‘under the animal's skin' to justify how they deal with animals. All three have their own ideas about what animals feel at a particular point.'

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