Bugs and Beasts Before the Law

Alexis Mitchell, Sharlene Bamboat

IndieLisboa 2020 •

Canada, Documentary, Experimental, 2019, 33′

The artistic collaboration Bambitchell explores, between fiction, fact and essay, a number of medieval trials were animals and inanimate objects were accused of different crimes such as trespassing, thievery or murder.

The subject is legal, and the approach is methodical and impartial. The Bambitchell duo proposes a playful historiography of animals, pests and objects’ trials. Their mise en scène of ironic detachment exposes the contradictions of personifying the rights and duties of creatures. As the ridicule of the sentences becomes evident, the film reveals unexpected solutions: the editing, the graphics, the ovoid compositions, the musical soundtrack and the demonic invocations reflect on the flaws inherent to the sciences of law. (Ricardo Vieira Lisboa)