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Lessons in Animal Activism from Isle of Dogs

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Sameeksha Trust

Source : Economic and Political Weekly

Campus : Amritapuri

Center : AmritaCREATE

Year : 2022

Abstract : Film-maker Wes Anderson is known for his unique and bold takes on pressing issues. Isle of Dogs (2018) is no exception. A sinister plot unravels, and at its centre, a laboratory-made epidemic leads to the mass exodus of dogs from the city. It is a part of an elaborate ploy designed to hoodwink citizens into parting ways with their best friends, dogs. The narrative is driven by conspiracy, corruption, capitalism, and self-serving interests. The film is set in a dystopian future where an outbreak of “snout fever,” eerily similar to COVID-19, leads to the banishment of dogs. Spots, the mayoral household’s “guard” dog, is the first to be forced into exile. Atari, the mayor’s nephew, and other young citizens appeal to the mayor and his administration on several occasions to explore all options but to no avail. The murder of a scientist, the sole opposition leader, who formulated a cure for the disease is the breaking point that compels a group of young, diligent, and well-meaning animal activists to risk it all in trying to save an entire species from annihilation.

Cite this Research Publication :  Rajlakshmi Kanjilal and P. P. Vijayalakshmi, "Lessons in Animal Activism from Isle of Dogs." Economic and Political Weekly (2022): 57(10), 64-66, Sameeksha Trust

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