16% Funded


Target: €5000


€815 Raised

not funded

11 Funders

Sue's Zoo

By Carola Gotta



This documentary is a portrait of Sue Paling who has been running a donkey sanctuary in South Sligo for the past 20 years. Sue, who is now in her mid-sixties, is a very charismatic and inspiring person with an unusual attitude to life. Her move to Ireland changed her life forever. Unwanted donkeys, mostly in an appaling condition, were landing one by one on the farm she had bought. Today the "Sathya Sai Sanctuary for Nature" provides a home for over 60 old, abused and unwanted donkeys and other equines.

As we observe Sue's day-to-day life at the sanctuary, we learn interesting facts about donkeys. The "ass", still very much associated with rural Ireland, played a vital role in the Irish agriculture. Many of Sue's donkeys are ex-working donkeys who have laboured for years bringing in the hay and turf, carrying milk churns to the creamery and ploughing the fields. Sue feels that these animals deserve to be put out to grass and to live out the rest of their lives in peace and dignity.

Sue sacrifices a great deal in order ot materialize her ideas. Her life style is very simple and she is not profit oriented. What motivation stands behind her work and what is her reward? How does she see her commitment in a world in which far bigger grievances exist? What makes donkeys so special to her? Sue is trying to make her own, very personal contribution to a "better world". This documentary is very much about her personal experience and the world she creates around herself.

Director's note:

It must be about 15 years ago that I met Sue Paling for the first time. Her wonderful personality and enthusiasm in combination with the beauty of the animals and the surrounding landscape impressed me deeply. Being an independent film maker with a passion for documentaries and animals, it is not surprising that I immediately felt compelled to make this film. We have filmed about ten hours of very impressive material. The post production of the actual film (approx. length 40 min.) is the next step, which we won't be able to finance with our own means.

Have a look at some Sue's Zoo footage here www.studionorthwest.tv.ie

We hope to have this documentary finished by spring 2013. It is intended for screenings at national and international film festivals. DVD's will be for sale in aid of the Sai Sanctuary. Any amount is important and deeply appreciated! And don't forget to spread the word among friends and family as this is all about networking. Please note that our rewards can only be a symbolic way to say THANK YOU, as the budget is very tight.


Carola Gotta

To find out more about Sue Paling's work go to www.donkeys.ie



"Sue's Zoo" campaign will continue

Dear supporters, my time with "fundit" is coming to its end. I cannot thank you enough for pledging so generously and for believing in this project. All in all, the response has not been as good as expected and I could not reach my target. This means that your accounts won't be debited by "fundit". So what is next? My efforts to get funding for this project will continue. I know that we will be able to make a very special documentary, once we have enough money to spend on the edit. "Sue's Zoo" is not only about animal welfare and equines.I do believe that Sue Paling can be a true inspiration for many people. If you wish to make a donation although my campaign with fundit is finished, you can do so by sending me a cheque. This means that I don't have to start from zero again. If I cannot secure enough funds by the middle of next year, your cheques will be destroyed and not be used. In the meantime I will keep you posted about the progress I am making. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions: Email: carolagotta@gmail.com Phone: 00353 71 9131768 Address: Lecklasser, Ballintrillick, Co. Sligo, Rep. of Ireland If you would like to receive a copy of our "Sue's Zoo" teaser, I will be happy to send it to you, no matter if your support for this project continues, or not. Thank you so much again for your kind support! Warm wishes, Carola Gotta

Sue's Zoo - 10 more days to go!

Just to thank everyone who supported this project so far. Please keep spreading the word about "Sue's Zoo". I hope to be able to secure the edit of this documentary.

"Sue's Zoo" Fundit Promo.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined the circle of supporters for this project. Really makes me smile on this wet and rainy morning!!! You can also "like" my facebook page, if you like it: www.facebook.com/junglefilms

"Sue's Zoo" Fundit Promo.

Thank you so much to everybody who has supported this project so far! I hope a lot more people will follow your example. I know there is an audience for this documentary out there and it will offer a great inspiration.

funders (11)

There are 9 public funders of this project

There are 2 anonymous funders of this project