Director: Dominic Rodriguez
By Kitty Turpin
Fursonas is a simple documentary with a clear message and goal.
Director Dominic Rodriguez explores the Furry fandom community, that he is also a part of, in and around Pittsburgh, PA. Furries are creative people who are involved in art and performance – or more plainly, people who like to dress up as human sized cartoon animals. The documentary follows a diverse range of Furries, first exploring their personas (or fursonas) and discussing why they do what they do in a series of interviews. Some choose to only show their fursonas, protecting their human identities. It is obvious why these people choose to remain anonymous – being a Furry has often been portrayed to the public as something taboo or completely incomprehensible because of its previous media attention.
Fursona seems to aim to combat the preconceived ideas of Furries. It is eye opening, especially for someone who has only encountered Furries online, to see what each person’s fursona means to them and how everyone fits into this diverse community. Unfortunately, I doubt those who believe in these preconceived ideas would choose watching a documentary over staying in their comfortable ignorance. Rodriguez also seems to understand this, as the documentary slowly turns to shedding light on controversial members in the Furry community, most of which have great power over the movement.
Rodriequez’s true agenda: forcing Furries to cast a discerning eye over those who claim to lead them.
And isn’t that the aim of a documentary – making people involved in such issues think and act to create change? Whether there will be a change in the community, I doubt us non-Furries will ever know!
Fursonas, even though made by people in the Furry fandom, is an accessible documentary to all viewers. With Rodriguez’s position in the community, he allows us an insider look into Furries, which has never been seen before.
If you’ve ever joked about Furries or have a secret interest in them, I suggest catching this at its second screening on Friday 15 and third screening on Saturday 16 July at Luna Leederville.
For more information visit the Revelation Film Festival Website.