Docs Ireland: Brick Mule

BBFC RatingDocs Ireland: Brick Mule

CertificateNot Rated
DirectorMichael Brown
LanguageEnglish, Nepali
CountryNepal, UK
Running Time0HR 40MINS
Extra InfoScreening + discussion, Rec 12A
SeasonDocs Ireland 2022

In Nepal mules are vital to the economy, making a huge contribution to people’s lives and livelihoods. Mules are a cross between a male donkey and a female horse, and in Nepal they have an amazing story to tell.

Bred near Delhi in India, Mules are sold at the huge Barabanki Equine Fair and walked for three days into Nepal. In Nepal they work in huge industrial brick factories and as pack animals portering goods into the high Himalays.

Director Michael Brown spent a year filming, travelling with the mules and making relationships with the diverse people involved. His filming has been used to affect government policy in Nepal to protect working equines, and to develop better veterinary support programmes.

This film paints a moving portrait of the Mules’ lives, with underlying questions about humanity and our relationship with animals.

A panel discussion with Professor Cahal McLaughlin (ethnographic film), Professor Tess McGiness (community engagement), Mary-Jane O’Leary (evidence-basing change), Dr Esther Skelly-Smith (animal behaviour and welfare), Dr Stacy Tinkler (Head of Veterinary Services, The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland) and Dr Michael Brown (Filmmaker and project Principal Investigator) will follow the film.

30th June 2022 | 6:15pm