we fly, we crawl, we swim
a short film about climate justice
“From the current, humanist, liberal model, we can walk, fly, swim and crawl to a multispecies society...”
Synopsis: The search for justice is not an individual endeavor, it is a collective practice of world-making. Haunted by past extinctions, a human being starts wondering what climate justice might look like, what its faces may be, when other beings are involved in the questioning. A cat, and many other non-human animals become present and part of the process, sharing their experiences, and moving together towards multispecies justice. The questions the film poses are as real as you (or me) are.
Concept: A short animated film that explores different ideas of justice through anti-speciesist lenses. The film engages with ideas taken from environmental justice, political ecology, political philosophy, posthumanism, critical animal studies, and anti-speciesist thought in general. Its main aim is to seek out possibilities of making climate justice with other animals.
Length: 23 minutes and 31 seconds
Country of origin: Romania
Disclaimer: The film uses a fictional dialogue to put into discussion contemporary theories and portray real events.
“A brilliant and poignant work of art that challenges existing horrors while promoting a vision of the world that includes justice for all humans and other animals.”
David Nibert - professor of sociology, author of “Animal Oppression and Human Violence: Domesecration, Capitalism and Global Conflict”
“we fly, we crawl, we swim” is a sad and hopeful tale about life in a multispecies world. In beautiful images, it shows us what is wrong with our present reality and how we can move beyond it, towards a different future. Because we can and should do better, together with the other animals.”
Eva Meijer - artist, writer and philosopher, author of “When animals speak: Toward an Interspecies Democracy”
“From human supremacy and ecocide to interspecies justice - an incredible journey in line, motion, color and sound.”
Sue Donaldson - writer and philosopher, co-author of “Zoopolis: A Political Theory of Animal Rights”
“Powerful and evocative.”
pattrice jones - ecofeminist writer, educator, and activist, cofounder of VINE Sanctuary
“The juxtaposition between extreme poverty and stocks for Tyson going up really hit me. This is absolutely beautiful work.”
Z. Zane McNeill - scholar-activist and co-editor of “Queer and Trans Voices: Achieving Liberation Through Consistent Anti-Oppression”
Co-producer, Director, Researcher, Writer, Lead Animator, SFX & Video Editor: Aron Nor
Co-producer, Art Director, Illustrator, Frame by frame Animator: Mina Mimosa
Co-producer, Researcher, Writer, Voice of human: M. Martelli
Voice of justice: Oana Cristina Pușcatu
Voice of ancestors: Teodora Retegan
Voice of Aria: Aria, herself
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“we fly, we crawl, we swim - a short film about climate justice” is free for screening in any event, location or classroom, given proper credit.
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