Shot in Western Australia, "Death Down Under" is a documentary video about death and decay, and follows the collaboration of a young fashion designer/funeral celebrant, Pia Interlandi, and a forensic scientist, Professor Ian Dadour. An experimental research project was created between them, allowing Pia to test out her fashion-for-the-dead and Ian, an entomologist who studies homicide, to research clothing decay on dead victims.
Pia and Ian amassed a team to wash, dress and bury 21 dead pigs on a kangaroo reserve. Then they dug up the remains to examine the decay of the ritual burial garments. "Death Down Under" follows the entire process from gathering the slaughtered pigs to the results in the laboratory. This video looks at our care for the dead — be they human or non-human animals. It also brings to light ideas of green burials and the ecology of death and life. How can we think through death and decay to sustain the earth's balanced environment?
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