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EARTHLINGS

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Narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (WALK THE LINE, GLADIATOR), EARTHLINGS is a feature-length documentary about humankind's absolute economic dependence on animals raised as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and for scientific research. Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, EARTHLINGS chronicles the day-to-day practices at some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals and human economic interests.

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  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QX0LE6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,125 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It would be easy for a review to focus entirely on this documentary's visuals. For they are overwhelming. I suspect some persons even would scorn the documentary for "subjecting" us to these images, at least so many of them. But I think this would be misguided. For, with only a few exceptions, the documentary does not use its images in a way that's sensationalist. They merely document the conditions to which many animals are subjected. The problem, I think, is that we -- as a society -- actively avoid looking at any images documenting our treatment of unwanted pets, animals raised for meat, animals used for entertainment (e.g., circus), and animals used in experiments. Given this, Earthlings is simultaneously overwhelming and overdue. By itself, this is enough to recommend watching the film. However, the documentary is much more than this. Its creators obviously are attempting to provoke us to think. This is apparent within the first minute, as its prologue introduces its viewers to core moral principles that have defined the animal liberation movement. And it does this wonderfully. Its ability to articulate these principles clearly and concisely would make this film great supplemental material for any course covering its topics (I plan to show Earthlings in my community college applied ethics class when it examines Peter Singer's "Animal Liberation.") This prologue frames the film's visuals as they document our treatment of unwanted pets, animals raised for meat, animals used for entertainment, and animals used in experiments. It does this so well that rarely does a minute pass without the film challenging us to question some of the fundamental assumptions seemingly guiding our present treatment of these animals.Read more ›
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I am in utter disbelief, and I am saddened that I wasn't educated earlier. Upon watching this movie, I instantly became a vegan. For me, there was no other option. I must say that I was depressed for days following watching it. I cried myself to sleep at the thoughts of the pain and torture these animals have endured. I was horrified and mortified about the way we abuse the animals on our planet. Thank goodness my eyes were openeded. This movie is incredible but it will touch you and you won't be the same after. Once we learn better, we do better. And I plan to do better for life. Please share this one with those you love.
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The movie starts with a warning for those with weak stomachs about disturbing graphic images. This is not an idle caution, at least 60 minutes of this 95 minute film would be enough to ruin anyones lunch. The film is broken into five subject sections above and beyond the intro and recap: Pets, Food, Clothing, Entertainment, Science. If you are too tenderhearted to see the gore or want to show this film to children, try watching the first and last 15 minutes of the film.

Philosophically the message of the movie mimics a quote from "The Outermost House" by Henry Beston who wrote, "We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature, and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creatures through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren; they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."
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This is the saddest movie I've ever seen. Phoenix's somber voice and the tragic, graphic images and music make for a very surreal experience while watching this documentary. It is saddening but ultimately it is determined and you will come away feeling the need to make a change for justice and equality between our close-knit earthlings.
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Like most people I walked through life knowing I was turning a blind eye to animal testing,animal consumption, and the like... taking my kids to the circus and feeling very guilty for it. I am the Father of 4, after viewing this movie my wife and I immediately became vegan, that was 7 months ago.. We regret nothing.
There are 2 quotes from the movie that spoke to me, the later is taken from a Harry Beston novel.

"Every animal is the psychological center of a life that is uniquely their own."

"We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, Man and civilization survey the creatures through the glass of his knowledge and sees their by a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion.

We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far beneath ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man.

In a world older and more complex than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth."-Harry Beston 1888~1968

What we do to animals is wrong, most of us just wont say it out loud.
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