The story of the pig (in us)
The narrator starts his story in his childhood, his native village in Flanders, taking us on a journey in relation to the pig, from prehistoric times up to today. He travels through Spain, China, North America and Belgium. He visits a laboratory, a natural history museum, a slaughterhouse, an organic farm, a pig farm, an imaginary pig museum, a meat processing factory, hunting grounds, etc.. The intimate and universal rub along side by side.
L’histoire du cochon (The story of the pig) is about the relationship between man and animals, what he inflicts on him, and by extension what he inflicts on the world. It’s the story of the pig in us. The words sound like grunts.
This documentary is a look at our civilization, the different points of view are tackled with moderation and restraint. The tone of the film is elegiac, slipping from doubt to hope.
In the presence of the director.
Dick Van der Harst
Lawrence Paul Foley, Guido Welkenhuysen