Across the programme, animals are at the centre of the drama
It would be clumsy to argue that these disparate films have a clear and unified focus, either aesthetically or politically. But they have all been produced at a time when extinction is in the air, when the effects of late capitalism on the world’s ecosystem are more keenly felt than ever, when political discourse is becoming increasingly savage and the place of nature in our lives is very much in flux. Perhaps they speak to fears or fantasies of social collapse or a failure to live in a sustainable way with animals. Perhaps they dig at the roots of authenticity, looking to the natural world for myths and ways of living that transcend humanity.