Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Earthlings :: Make the Connection

WARNING :: The following trailer is very graphic, viewer discretion is advised.


EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs. The film is narrated by Academy Award® nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world. “Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.” In 1999, writer/producer/director Shaun Monson began work on a series of PSAs about spaying and neutering pets. The footage he shot at animal shelters around Los Angeles affected him so profoundly that the project soon evolved into EARTHLINGS. The film would take another six years to complete because of the difficulty in obtaining footage within these profitable industries. Though the film was initially ignored by distributors, who told Monson that the film would “never see the light of day and should be swept under the rug,” today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world. Nation Earth was established to produce documentary films on socially urgent issues. EARTHLINGS, released in 2005, was the company's first feature film and is the first of a documentary trilogy. The company is currently at work on the second installment, UNITY, which will explore the unifying force of consciousness found in nature, animals and humankind. UNITY is scheduled to be completed in 2009. For more information please see www.unitythemovie.com.


Bee said...

I can't watch things like this because just the thought of them makes me tear up. I'm sure if people took a good look at where their food was coming from we'd have a LOT more vegetarians around the world. I believe most people are careful not to cause pain to others, but since our meat finds its way to the supermarket shelf without us looking at the process involved, it affords us an element of denial as to the cruelty involved in turning an animal into a cut of meat.

Pink Heels said...

I just came across this through another blog and found myself a wreck for several days. I could watch more than a couple of seconds of the trailor. Of course I had to blog about it...it was the only way that I could find an outlet to release my saddness.

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