“Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home”
Tuesday, July 23rd at 7:00pm
Admission Free, at the Loft Theater, 3233 E. Speedway
Presented by Consuming for Change, Healthy You Network, Tribe of Heart.
Intro and post-film Q&A with filmmakers James Laveck and Jenny Stein.
Best Feature Documentary, Moondance Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize, Canada International Film Festival
Audience Award, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
Best Feature Documentary, Peace on Earth Film Festival
Audience Award, Berkshire International Film Festival
Tribe of Heart’s work is also recognized beyond the independent film community for its contribution to the public’s understanding of the ethics of the human-animal relationship, with endorsements from Dr. Jane Goodall, The United Federation of Teachers, and the California Teachers Association.
A riveting story of transformation and healing, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life. Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers’ sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.
Interwoven with the farmers’ stories is the dramatic animal rescue work of a newly-trained humane police officer whose sense of justice puts her at odds with the law she is charged to uphold. With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves. (Dir. by Jenny Stein, 2009, USA, 78 mins., NR) Digital
I’ve been volunteering at the Loft for over four years, and enjoy the independent, environmentally friendly movies they have shown.