United Kingdom / Canada / Ireland 2016, 72 min, English, Hebrew subtitles

Give donkeys a camera and a microphone, and you’ll find they’ve got a lot to say. If you listen, you might even discover yourself in the stories they tell using gestures, rhythms, nods, and kicks. Willem Defoe adds poetic narration to this examination of a donkey sanctuary, adding a new perspective to the lives of these abandoned animals.
They arrive at the sanctuary having suffered abuse, and their bodies, Defoe says… their bodies remember. But, in their new lives, they rediscover curiosity, intimacy, the comforting touch of humans and other donkeys… and they seem eager to show it all for the camera. Directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, whose “Girl Model” screened at Docaviv 2012, followed their donkey protagonists over five years.

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Directors, Editing & Cinematography: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
Production: David Redmon, Ashley Sabin, Deborah Smith, Dale Smith
Production Company: Carnivalesque Films
Script: David Redmon
World Sales: Carnivalesque Films (carnivalesquefilm@gmail.com)

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Filmmaking duo David Redmon and Ashley Sabin together produce, direct, photograph and edit critically acclaimed cinematic documentaries that have screened internationally in festivals and on television worldwide at Sundance, Toronto, Cinema du Reel, Rotterdam, Visions du Reel, RIDM, MoMA, and Viennale Film Festivals, POV, BBC, DR, ARTE, and NHK.

Filmmaking duo David Redmon and Ashley Sabin together produce, direct, photograph and edit critically acclaimed cinematic documentaries that have screened internationally in festivals and on television worldwide at Sundance, Toronto, Cinema du Reel, Rotterdam, Visions du Reel, RIDM, MoMA, and Viennale Film Festivals, POV, BBC, DR, ARTE, and NHK.