“Gunda,” a film that chronicles the unfiltered lives of barnyard animals, opens May 14 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. Continuing to show is the documentary “Wojnarowicz.”
Directed by master filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky, “Gunda” features encounters with a mother sow (the namesake of the film), two ingenious cows, and a scene-stealing, one-legged chicken. “Gunda” is experimental cinema in its purest form, using black and white cinematography and the farm’s ambient soundtrack to allow viewers to experience the life of the animals. The exploration highlights the inherent value of live and the mystery of animal consciousness.
“Gunda,” which is rated G by the Motion Picture Association of America,” shows at the Ross through May 27.
“Wojnarowicz,” a fiery and urgent documentary portrait of downtown New York City artist, writer, photographer and activist David Wojnarowicz, continues at the Ross.
As New York City became the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, Wojnarowicz weaponized his work and battled against the establishment’s indifference to the plague until his death from it in 1992 at age 37. Exclusive access to his body of work — including paintings, journals and films — reveals how Wojnarowicz emptied his life into his art and activism. Rediscovered answering machine tape recordings and intimate recollections from Fran Lebowitz, Gracie Mansion, Peter Hujar, and other friends and family help present a stirring portrait of this fiercely political, unapologetically queer artist.
“Wojnarowicz,” which is not rated, is showing through May 20.
For more information about films playing at the Ross, including show times and ticket pricing, click here or call 402-472-5353.