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Mine: Taken By Katrina

Posted by lisagbrown on April 19, 2009

n46819729090_171Mine: Taken By Katrina, is a new documentary by filmmaker Geralyn Pezanoski, about the effects of hurricane Katrina on human-animal relationships. The film follows a number of individuals who try to reunite with their animals after the natural disaster, and the tragic conflicts between people who have newly adopted the lost animals, and the original families who were separated from them.

Ever since hurricane Katrina occurred, the animal studies community has been teaching about the impact the disaster had on the way Americans think about relationships with companion animals, the intersections between race, class, and human and animal welfare, and also the way the government deals with animals during a natural disaster. This film is a way to bring this message to a broader audience, and has the potential to completely transform the way Americans understand the complicated, essential bonds between humans and animals.

Mine is already receiving attention and accolades, having won the audience award for best documentary at SXSW 2009. The film is showing on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th at the Independent Film Festival Boston. (For tickets, go to IFFBoston.) For more information, visit Mine: Taken By Katrina, and watch the incredibly powerful trailer below.

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2 Responses to “Mine: Taken By Katrina”

  1. “Mine” is an important and timely documentary. Readers of this blog might be interested to know about a book I’ve written, titled Filling the Ark: Animal Welfare in Disasters (Temple University Press). It’s coming out in May. Any bookstore can order it if it isn’t on the shelves. You can also order it through Amazon or from the publisher.
    Here’s the publisher’s link for info on the book:
    http://www.temple.edu/tempress/titles/1977_reg.html

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