Magnificent Beast

Dirs. Tess GerritsenJosh Gerritsen | 75 min
Documentary, Virtual Screening USA 2020

Why is pork a forbidden food for Jews and Muslims? In a search for the historical roots of the pig taboo, filmmakers Tess Gerritsen and Josh Gerritsen travel around the world interviewing archaeologists, religious scholars, hunters and pet pig owners.

Their journey reveals the many ways this intelligent and complex animal has found its way into religious scripture, onto our dinner tables, and even into our homes.

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