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Joaquin Phoenix Is Producing 'Gunda': A New Documentary About Pigs

Joaquin Phoenix Is Producing 'Gunda': A New Documentary About Pigs
February 24, 2020 - 01:01 / Lucas Anderson

Joaquin Phoenix is getting behind a new Russian independent documentary on the sentience of pigs. The Joker actor cares deeply about causes like animal rights. See the trailer for the documentary, Gunda, below.

Gunda is a new documentary from Russian filmmaker Viktor Kossakovsky. The documentary argues for veganism as it explores the sentience of pig life.

The director described Gunda, the star pig of the documentary, as the film's "Meryl Streep."

The trailer for Gunda from Viktor Kossakovsky and Joaquin Phoenix

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Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix's involvement with Gunda

Joaquin Phoenix got involved with Gunda after his speech at the 2020 Oscars. Phoenix touched on animal rights when he accepted the Oscar for Best Actor, so Kossakovsky was encouraged to show Gunda to the actor.

The Joker actor appreciated the film and joined as an executive producer. The attachment of Phoenix's name to Gunda is also helping it receive more press.

Viktor Kossakovsky at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

Gunda is screening at festivals today

Gunda has made its first appearances at festival screenings in recent weeks, where it's been well-received.

Revisit Joaquin Phoenix's passionate 2020 Oscars speech, where he touched on his late brother, River Phoenix, diversity in the film industry, animal rights, and other difficult topics.

Phoenix was even named PETA's "Person of the Year" in 2019.