KNOR 110 kilos in 25 weeks
"I'm going to tell you a story. Nothing special, just an ordinary tale. It's about a hidden life. It's not pretty, or fun, or exciting. But it's my life. You must understand: we're talking about 110 kilos. 110 kilos in 25 weeks. Preferably quicker. It's better for business, better for the farmer, better for you. What's better for me will not concern us here. It may seem strange that a pig should put itself in the limelight. But that's democracy: everyone can have their say. That goes for me, too. So settle back, put your feet up. Sip your beer, nibble a slice of salami... I was born in early winter, the ninth of the litter. Mama did a good job: a litter of 11 healthy piglets. I've been given a name. It's pinned to my ear: number 26,571. I'm in terrible pain. I didn't even know I was a boy. Now I'm only half a boy. Castration is an economic necessity. It prevents my flesh getting a "boar odor". Nobody will eat that. But just when I received a name, I lost my identity. Mother says that's just the way it is: "You're a meat pig. This is industrial farming."?
Topics: Environment, Economic Development / Poverty
This documentary gives a detailed picture of the life of the pig today, a life governed by the rule: as much growth as possible in as short a time as possible. An inhumane situation, many will say. But is it the consumers themselves who allow it to continue?
The film's main character, Knor, is born in a breeding farm in the north of Holland. After a few days, his tail is clipped and he is castrated. Together with his brothers and sisters, Knor spends the first ten weeks of his life here. Dramatic changes occur when he is moved to a pig farm in Anevelde, where he will spend the last 15 weeks of his life in the company of 1,600 other pigs. Up until the last day, Knor will be met by one surprise after the other, just like the viewers.
LinkTV sdtv divx rip, English sub, 47min
Director: Machteld Detmers
Country of origin: The Netherlands
Year of production: 2002
Production: TELESCREEN BV / Humanistische Omroep / Het Vrije Woord
Original version: Dutch
Version(s) available : English subtitled