Sandra Sanders, Wild Suburbia (DOCO 2021)

In suburban Melbourne, a group of volunteers rescue, rehabilitate, and release sick, injured, and orphaned native Australian animals. The group of Wildlife Rescuers is made up largely of women who also work elsewhere and manage families, yet dedicate dozens of hours each week to respond to calls for help. They specialise in kangaroos, who – even though they are an iconic Australian animal – are regularly wounded and killed due to overdevelopment. Although the group focuses on saving animals, many cannot be saved, and the volunteers are often forced to euthanise them. The toll on their mental health is palpable.

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