Multispecies Justice and a Film Called ‘Kangaroo’

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13 November, SEI presents a screening of Kangaroo – a film addressing Australia’s love-hate relationship with its national icon – as part of a collaboration with the recently launched ‘Multispecies Justice’ FASS Research Project.

Despite the kangaroo’s iconic status, Australia has an increasingly complex relationship with the marsupial. Dubbed a “pest” and a source of cheap meat, the kangaroo is now hunted in what has become the largest commercial killing of land-based wildlife in the world.

The state-wide drought in NSW has seen this issue exacerbated, as culling laws are relaxed to enable farmers to manage the “plague” like proportions of Kangaroos competing with stock for scarce resources.

However, some argue that population estimates are inaccurate, and that some species of kangaroo are actually dangerously close to population collapse.

On 13 November, SEI presents a screening of the film Kangaroo – A Love-Hate Story. The film deals with these complex and conflicting opinions surrounding the marsupial at the centre of Australia’s largest ecological dilemma, raising broader questions about understandings of multispecies justice.

“In a context where questions about how the many species and beings of this country share often scarce resources and nourishment are increasingly fractious, the kangaroo has shifted from ‘national’ icon to ‘eliminable pest’,” says Professor Daniella Celermajer, co-lead on the Developing the Field of Multispecies Justice research project, along with Institute Co-director David Schlosberg.

“This film provides an opportunity to engage with the truth of what is happening to the kangaroo and how this represents or violates the principle of justice in a multispecies context.”

The full-length screening will be prefaced by a discussion with film director Kate Clere McIntyre, chaired by Professor Danielle Celermajer.

Tickets are free, but registration is essential. Click here to register.