Beasts of the Southern Wild

Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
Film director: 
Benh Zeitlin
Event date: 
Sun, 04/11/2012

Faced with both her father's fading health, melting ice-caps and ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.

Articles on this film:

Measuring past changes in ice volume to understand ice sheet stability

In - at least - Hushpuppy’s imagination, melting ice sheets are the cause of the disastrous flooding in Beasts of the Southern Wild. Relating this to our current climate, if the Greenland ice sheet were to melt completely, sea level would rise ~7m and Chapter Arts Centre (in Cardiff) would become very soggy.

Aurochs - 'a little below the elephant in size'

In the film Beasts of the Southern Wild, the aurochs (plural aurochsen) is a strange hybrid wild boar/bull armed with both horns and tusks that comes to symbolise the disasters that looms over Hushpuppy, her family and her community.Early image of cave art depiction of the Aurochs

Left Out In The Wild? Floods in a Changing Climate

Climate change is very often characterised either explicitly or implicitly as a future issue – one that is temporally distant, the implications of which will be felt at some unspecified time often assumed as being in the long term future. The effects of climate change are, however, for some of us already being felt, both in a direct sense – people are experiencing climate related events like floods – or in more indirect ways – through changes that arise with attempts to respond to anticipated futures.