August 22, 2019

August Shortlist – Should kindness extend to all conscious creatures?

Isa Rao, 29

Crannog explores the fragility and strength that comes from caring for others when they are sick or close to dying and the film poses the very universal question if kindness should extend to all conscious creatures.

As a cognitive neuroscientist I have always been interested in animal consciousness and to me, it seemed obvious that both humans and most animals can feel joy, excitement and fear. And despite this, we still do not give animals the same consideration as humans, in particular in death and sickness. With Crannog I wanted to tell the story of somebody who did and who found their calling in doing so.