Rat Life and Diet in North America (1968)

Directed by: Joyce Wieland

Synopsis: This experimental short film from Joyce Wieland is a visual allegory against the corporate and military structure of the global village using rats in the role of the oppressed.

Cinema Cat: The rats are shown as political prisoners under constant surveillance by cats.  The cats are sitting outside a window looking in at the rats as they run around.

Rat Life and Diet in North America - tabby cat watching mouse through window

Rat Life and Diet in North America - tabby cat watching mice through window

Rat Life and Diet in North America - tabby cat looking up

Every so often a close up of a black cat’s eye is shown.

Rat Life and Diet in North America - close up of black cat's eye

Final Mewsings: The cats didn’t want to oppress the rats, they just wanted some lunch!


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