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Malj (The Mallet)

Aleksandar Ilić

Yugoslavia 1977, 11 minutes

Black chicks fatten up slower than other chicks, so in the food industry they are eliminated at the start of the process. And if one does manage to hatch and reach the conveyor belt where chicks are selected, it ends up in the dumpster – under the mallet, along with other rejected chics. Aleksandar Ilić’s short film, which was repeatedly broadcasted on Yugoslavian TV, is an excellent futuristic allegory of discrimination and segregation based on biological characteristics. But it also presents the harsh truth of what happens in industrialised farming to this day


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