Cats in Entire Freedom - Homage to Konrad Lorenz 1903
Concept and Director Dr. Andrée Thoumy - In
French - In Arabic
images recorded from life after four years of personal observation
of cats in a natural environment and in entire freedom, and after
bibliographical studies on this animal group, the DVD Cats in
Entire Freedom has been produced in homage to Konrad Lorenz, founder
of the study of animal behaviour, and Nobel Prize Winner in Medicine
in 1973, for the 20th anniversary of his decease.
It constitutes an exceptional opportunity to acquire knowledge
about multiple aspects of animal life, and aims to fill the gap
between man and nature. It attempts also to give everyone, mainly
the town-dwellers who live far from nature, the opportunity to
watch scenes usually exclusively reserved to country-men and to
specialists. It insists on the similitude of some behaviours of
men and cats, showing that our trend to make a radical distinction
between “us” and “them” which has dreadful
consequences, has no objective base.
The film shows that science is essentially the fruit of the human
thought and can be produced even with limited material means.
It reveals in the same time the interest, in biology teaching,
of dealing with living organisms. This movie can be used as a
starting point for environmental studies and for understanding
the world around us. A final major aim is to provide the audience
with high intensity aesthetic moments in the heart of nature,
far from noise, pollution and violence.
Cats give the human beings lessons of tolerance, patience, generosity
and tenderness. They especially teach us non-violence in the education
of the youngsters.
The film has ecological, scientific, educational, social, moral
and aesthetic range.
Minou is the
«paterfamilias» of a family counting 16 cats living
in entire freedom in a natural environment. Constituted by Minou
and his unique mate Minoucha, and by their offspring born from
successive litters - three adult females, one adult male, and
10 kittens - issued themselves from Minoucha and her female children,
the Minou family reveals the characteristics of the feline society
through images of flashing beauty. We will see the constitution
of the couple, their mating, as well as the care given to the
The scenes of family life will show the relationships between
adults and kittens, which, except those between the mother cats
and their own babies, are essentially authoritarian and threatening
relations. However no violence is perceived between the members
of the group as no bloodshed has ever been seen during their fights.
The scene of the timorous cats is particularly interesting. It
is a consequence of the fact that the feline society is socialized
towards the interior but remains closed to the exterior. The images
will provide also knowledge about games, as well between the kittens
or between them and the adults. Other elements of knowledge are
also given concerning the organization of the hierarchy between
the 2 adult males of the group, and also about feeding and hunting.
Funny behaviours are often met in the film, because of their similarity
with the human behaviours, such as the slight slap given by Loulou
on the face of his nephew Bambi. Also, some morphological elements
of the cats and their relationships with their functions are shown
in situations such as the transportation of one of the babies
by his mother, and the moving mode of the adults. On a music of
Beethoven, the movie ends by messages of tenderness and generosity,
through the adoption of Bambi by his aunt Coquinou and her babies,
and also by messages of peace and hope. The last
image glorifies the Lebanon nature’s beauty.
is Konrad LORENZ (1903-1989)?
Who is Andrée THOUMY?
Didakta production 2009 - DVD duration 55 min
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