Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Video Activism for a Peaceable Kingdom

Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Video Activism for a Peaceable Kingdom

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Peaceable Kingdom

Director: Jenny Stein

Distro: Tribe of the Heart

Film is a powerful medium. Many animal rights activists first became involved after watching a film that opened their eyes to the reality of animal suffering and empowered them to do something about it. Peaceable Kingdom, the second film by Tribe of the Heart, has just this mobilizing effect.

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Peaceable Kingdom tells stories of seven people who experience a profound transformation in their relationship with animals. The film follows in the footsteps of James LaVeck and Jenny Stein's first highly acclaimed 2000 film, The Witness, about a guy from the Bronx (Eddie Lama) who adopts a stray cat and then becomes an extraordinary and innovative animal rights activist. This film has inspired a whole grassroots movement to hold community screenings worldwide.

In a similar vein, Peaceable Kingdom profiles activists and animals at New York's Farm Sanctuary, a place where former farm animals are free to live their full lives in a safe and compassionate environment. These fortunate animals act as ambassadors for their fellow species. At the Farm Sanctuary, the animals are able to express their rich emotions, personalities, intelligence, and love. These sanctuary scenes are juxtaposed with footage of the cruelty, abuse, and brutal objectification that farm animals typically undergo in factory farms, auction houses, and slaughterhouses. …

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