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.
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).