You don’t want to miss this absolutely unique, expertly crafted, fifteen-minute documentary that follows the lives of two piglet siblings. One, named Jackpot, is adopted by an animal sanctuary. The other, named with a number, X-15, is raised on one of Austria’s typical pig farms. The film, titled “Pig Vision: The Journey of Two Brothers,” is an unvarnished, unsentimental portrait of how each piglet is raised in dramatically different ways. It is also, inevitably, a study in contrasts. In Jackpot, we see the richness and complexity of a pig’s emotions and interspecies relationships. In X-15, we see how the potential to exhibit the same richness is completely frustrated and denied to pigs when they are treated as unthinking, unfeeling commodities raised for slaughter.
Filmmaker United Creatures received permission to make its Pig Vision project from all the people shown in the video — the sanctuary and its veterinarian, the pig farmer and his employees, and the slaughterhouse workers. The extensive footage gives us an accurate look at both the merciless day-to-day practices carried out in animal farming and the merciful day-to-day joys of an animal who is offered independence, spacious and comfortable living conditions, and a circle of friends.