Tue, 04/13/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The acclaimed boundary-pushing documentary Gunda is a stunning glimpse into the often overlooked animal world. A story of a mother sow and her piglets, two cows, and a one-legged chicken, the film encourages audiences to truly see animals: as living, breathing beings with lives and consciousness. Join the filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky and WBEZ journalist Monica Eng for a conversation about the making of a documentary that shifts our perspective and recalibrates our moral universe.

  • This program is free to all with registration. Registered guests will receive the link to watch via email in advance of the premiere.
  • The conversation will be pre-recorded and premiere on YouTube on April 13th at 7pm central time.
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Victor Kossakovsky

Victor Kossakovsky an innovative documentary filmmaker. HIs films have been honored with more than 100 awards in national and international festivals. Kossakovsky began his career in motion pictures at the Leningrad Studio of Documentaries as assistant cameraman, assistant director and editor in 1978. In 1989 he directed his first feature Losev and then in 1992 made his name with international critics and audiences with his documentary The Belovs, which won both the VPRO Joris Ivens Award and the Audience Award at IDFA and dozens of other awards at international festivals around the world. In 2011, Kossakovsky’s ¡Vivan las Antipodas! was selected as the opening film of the Venice Film Festival. Aquarela, his technologically groundbreaking and globe-spanning documentary on the shapes of water also premiered in Venice in 2018 before being shortlisted for the Oscar® for Best Documentary, among other honors. In many of his films Kossakovsky has served simultaneously as director, editor, cinematographer and writer. Currently based in Berlin, he continues to serve as a teacher and mentor to aspiring filmmakers and documentarians globally.

Monica Eng

Monica Eng reports and produces segments on food, health and ethnic culture in Chicago and beyond for WBEZ Radio. Before coming to WBEZ, Monica was a food, culture and watchdog-investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune for 16 years. Before that she wrote and edited for the Daily Southtown and Chicago Sun-Times. Monica has won multiple writing awards and been nominated for the James Beard Award five times.

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