The Ghosts In Our Machine CC

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A cinematic documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.

Starring:
Jonathan Blacombe, Gieri Bolliger
Runtime:
1 hour 33 minutes

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The Ghosts In Our Machine

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Genres Documentary
Director Liz Marshall
Starring Jonathan Blacombe, Gieri Bolliger
Supporting actors Gieri Bolliger, Theodora Capaldo, Susie Coston, Melanie Dion-Eadon, Mark Eadon, Bruce Friedrich, Antoine F. Goetschel, Temple Grandin, Marcus, Lori Reese, Martin Rowe, Marcel Saba, Vandana Shiva, Jasmin Singer, Mariann Sullivan, Perrie Wardell, James Wellford
Studio Syndicado
Captions and subtitles English Details
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This film is really well made. had I not been a vegan prior to watching it, I would be afterward.
T. George
I am also an animal behavioralist and I understand a good bit about the cycles of life in the real world --that is, the one without which the human race can't exist.
Windrider
Shot with a compassionate eye, the animals' personalities come through in every photograph, every moment of film.
NickyD

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christina Masaitis on April 10, 2014
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I have been into animal rights for ages, so none of the material was really new to me, but I found this documentary special because it was about the animals, but it was also about Joan McArthur and her struggle to get her material presented to a world that does not seem to care. It was absolutely beautiful to see her difficulties and how she kept on trying. I think the individuals who are out in the field, face to face with the horrors of our world are the most heroic and brave. I know I would not be able to handle filming at a slaughterhouse. The part that I really was moved by was when she mentions "The hardest part is leaving them," because I often feel the same way, driving by a very small dairy farm and seeing the veal calves. I try very hard to not be a preachy vegan, but I too feel the same hopelessness and frustration and horror that I know about all these crimes against animals and how impossible it is to get my fellow man to care. But it is possible to change minds - I am an example - so I hope she continues her work and never gives up. For all the ghosts.

For those of you just getting interested in the animal rights movement, this is a good place to start - the graphic gore is minimal, and it is nicely counterbalanced with sanctuary footage. But keep a tissue handy :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tnd441 on March 12, 2014
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This riveting documentary shows very subtly the many, many animals in our lives that we have taken for granted, and which are too often neglected and slaughtered for our dinner tables. It shows that we must become more aware of the living breathing life forms around us, and how we must learn to stop using animals as though they had no rights (which they haven't had, but could get someday). Very informative and important for the person interested in waking up from the long sleep of consumerism and selfies,
and for those who want to see what is really going on in the world instead of what is presented to us through the mainstream media.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By NickyD on March 7, 2014
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This is a gorgeous movie, gripping and haunting. Shot with a compassionate eye, the animals' personalities come through in every photograph, every moment of film. Difficult scenes are balanced out with hopeful footage from a farm sanctuary, giving the movie a balanced feeling - despair with hope. I think this movie is as moving, powerful and important as Blackfish, a must see.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Gallagher on February 13, 2014
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This film will help people to see that each animal is "someone", not "something".
Humans cause so much animal death and suffering that is so unecessary.
Please watch this film and also watch "Earthlings".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. George on March 19, 2014
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This film is really well made. had I not been a vegan prior to watching it, I would be afterward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Evatt on May 28, 2014
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"Earthlings" is still the definitive source for exposing the suffering of animals, but is not always the best choice to introduce a newcomer to animal rights due to it's unfiltered and graphic nature. This film is edited quite brilliantly in that it first introduces viewers to the disturbing nature of a fur farm hidden away off the beaten path. This secretive location is easy to condemn as small foxes and raccoon are shown helpless and frightened as the photographers sneak in to uncover their cramped wire-frame cages. While the majority of the world's population eats meat on a daily basis, the average person does not own fur, so most people are quick to vilify these fur farmers. Nothing overly graphic is shown within the first segment. Aside from the deplorable living conditions, the harshest thing the viewer will see is a young fox who has lost an ear, likely as a result from cannibalism from a starved cage-mate. The film then take a turn, showing work being done to preserve animal life at Farm Sanctuary. It revisits the location throughout the film to ease the transition between future segments displaying further animal cruelty. Somewhat graphic scenes are eventually shown as the movie progresses through various industries, as cattle are shown filtered through to their death at the hands of an air gun to the head or a slit throat. If you are adverse to these scenes, you really need only skip the cattle portion of the film. All other segments are not nearly as graphic. All said, this is a must watch for animal lovers, whether it's to reinforce existing beliefs or to expose a newcomer to the horrible treatment of our animal brethren.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Philippians 4:13 on February 10, 2014
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This is a film about photographer Jo-Anne McArthur's journey to get her book of animal photographs published. That is the primary objective here. Although it does illuminate the individual lives of animals, it lacks the emotional depth and pathos of such films as "Earthlings" or "Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home". While it arouses our sympathy for the confinement & enslavement of animals - and juxtaposes that with scenes of farm animal sanctuary footage - it never fully engages us to ask us to take a next step, to become vegan, to advocate further. In the end it's less about all of that, and more about Ms. McArthur's travels. She seems oddly unaffected and almost detached at times from her grim task. This ultimately diminishes what could have been a brilliant documentary about the lives of the ghosts, the animals that later appear on our plates.
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