Brick Mule

6:15 PM 30th June 2022 Queen's Film Theatre

In many diverse societies around the world mules are interwoven in people’s lives and livelihoods. This Direct Cinema film is a moving portrait of Nepal’s working mules; their breeding and sale in India, their journey to Nepal and their work in the huge brick factories of the Kathmandu valley. Honest, but non-judgemental, the film gives a unique insight into hardship of life for people and equines alike. Yet underlying questions about humanity and our relationship with animals underpin the film.

Panel Discussion:
The Brick Mule film is part of a participatory community programme seeking positive change in equine welfare. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion focused on participatory ethnographic film practice for community engagement and animal welfare. The panel members are: Professor Cahal McLaughlin (ethnographic film), Professor Tess McGiness (community engagement), Mary-Jane O’Leary (evidence-basing change),Dr Esther Skelly-Smith (Animal behaviour and welfare), and Dr Michael Brown (the filmmaker and project Principal Investigator).

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