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Humanities 2017, 6(4), 82; doi:10.3390/h6040082

Seeing Beings: “Dog” Looks Back at “God”: Unfixing Canis familiaris in Kornél Mundruczó’s Film Fehér isten/White God (2014)

Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures, University of Evansville, Evansville, IN 47714, USA
I have had to rely on the English subtitles of this film, since I do not speak Hungarian. I quote from the film in English, since the version to which I have had access does not give the option of Hungarian subtitles.
Received: 6 July 2017 / Revised: 1 September 2017 / Accepted: 13 October 2017 / Published: 1 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Animal Narratology)
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Kornél Mundruczó’s film Fehér isten/White God (2014) portrays the human decreed options of mixed breed, abandoned dogs in the streets of Budapest in order to encourage its viewers to rethink their relationship with dogs particularly and animals in general in their own lives. By defamiliarizing the familiar ways humans gaze at dogs, White God models the empathetic gaze between species as a potential way out of the dead end of indifference and the impasse of anthropocentric sympathy toward less hierarchical, co-created urban animal publics. View Full-Text
Keywords: animality; dogs; film; White God; empathy animality; dogs; film; White God; empathy
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Pleasant, L.C. Seeing Beings: “Dog” Looks Back at “God”: Unfixing Canis familiaris in Kornél Mundruczó’s Film Fehér isten/White God (2014). Humanities 2017, 6, 82.

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