Korean auteur Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer) once again challenges convention with his latest brilliant film, Okja . It is a thoughtful, visceral satire of the corporate meat industry . The genius here is the delivery of the message. Okja uses the innocence and determination of a teenage girl as the vehicle for enlightenment. Her journey is indeed a profound one. Okja is a highly relevant critique of current methods, but also a guide to sustainable, humane farming. We take for granted the ease of our food supply. The production of cheap animal protein becomes difficult to stomach when we peek behind the curtains. Okja begins in 2007 at the New York City headquarters of Mirando Corporation , a global agricultural supplier. The bombastic new CEO, Nancy Mirando (Tilda Swinton), announces with great flourish the dawn of a revolution in the pork industry. Behold the super pig, a scientifically enhanced animal created from a unique Central American ancestor. Ten piglets are sent to ten farmers around the world. They will use their homegrown, organic farming techniques to raise the super pig. In ten years time, Mirando will award the best super pig a grand prize, then bring it back […]
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