Equines have been brought into the spotlight by Oscar-nominated film EO, which was recently released across the UK.

The Donkey Sanctuary described the exposure as a “long-overdue moment”, which presents an opportunity to elevate the status of donkeys in the public eye, and to shine a light on the plight of donkeys around the world.

EO celebrates donkeys and their enduring relationship with humans, while also exposing their vulnerability and some of the many challenges they face across the world.

The film has been nominated for Best International Feature Film and also took home the Jury Prize in Cannes last year. It is shot entirely from the perspective of the title character and tells the story of the donkey’s journey through the hands of different owners, some who treat him well and others who do not.

Residents from The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth

“The feature film EO is beautifully shot and offers a rare opportunity to view the world from a donkey’s perspective,” said Faith Burden, Executive Director, Equine Operations at The Donkey Sanctuary. “The portrayal and billing of the donkey as the central character clearly demonstrates the film-maker’s deep appreciation of these sensitive and intelligent animals.

“The Donkey Sanctuary was not involved in the making of the film EO. However, we welcome the opportunity it affords to correct public misconceptions about donkeys, which can result in their ill-treatment. We hope this poignant tribute to donkeys, which recognises their intrinsic value, in and of themselves, will also elevate their status in the public consciousness.”

Lead image from EO ©Skopia Film, photograph by Aneta Gębska Filip Gębski 

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