School Days with a Pig

Washington, D.C. Premiere A new elementary school teacher who wants his students to learn “the real connection between life and food” has a proposal for his sixth-grade class: they will adopt a piglet and care for it over the course of a year, but at the end of the year, the pig will be eaten. The students eagerly accept the challenge. After all, the end of the year is a long way away and the wriggling piglet is right there in the classroom. They name it “P-Chan,” build a special enclosure on the playground and take turns with the chores of brushing and feeding it. But the more attached they grow to P-Chan, the more difficult the question of the pig’s fate becomes. Based on a true story that became a subject of national controversy in Japan, School Days With a Pig is a thoughtful and warmhearted engagement with the adult issues of consumption, quality of life and personal responsibility as seen through the eyes of children. (—Seattle International Film Festival) In Japanese with English subtitles. Directed by Tetsu Maeda. Produced by Toshihiro Isomi.

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