Ratopolis

Canada, 1973

Film
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A study of the wily brown rat, humankind’s unwanted companion throughout the world, whose bite on the world’s food resources adds to the growing threat of shortage. In a normal, free-ranging environment, the rat is more than a match for its hosts and colonies flourish. Under abnormal conditions of restricted space and limited food, a rat colony loses all “social” constraints on behavior. The film has implicit analogies for all animal behavior, including humanity’s. Plagues, predators and extermination attempts are among the topics discussed.

Credits

director

Gilles Therien

producer

Francois Seguillon

production company

National Film Board of Canada

Language

English

Duration

00:56:30:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

27758

Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Food supply

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Pests

Animals & Wildlife → Animal behavior

Animals & Wildlife → Animal populations

Animals & Wildlife → Biological research

Animals & Wildlife → Evolution (Biology)

Animals & Wildlife → Pests

Animals & Wildlife → Predatory animals

Animals & Wildlife → Rats

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Environment - Social aspects

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural history

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Pests

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Environment - Social aspects

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Food supply

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Social problems

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Behavior evolution

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Food supply

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Pests

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Behavior evolution

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Biological research

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Evolution (Biology)

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Human evolution

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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