With the exception of our companion animals and the wild and stray species within our urban environments, we experience animals daily only as the food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment we make of them. This moral dilemma is largely hidden from our view.
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, audiences become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. From undercover investigations to joyful rescue missions, in North America and in Europe, each photograph and story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research. THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid.
Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?
Acclaim for THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE
Top Ten Audience Favorite Award, Hot Docs Film Festival; Best
Nature/Environment Golden Sheaf Award, Yorkton Film Festival; Special Jury Prize International Competition, DMZ Docs; Best Canadian Feature, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival; Green Screen Award, 2nd place, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival; Top Twenty Audience Favorite Award, IDFA.
"Haunting beauty...Ghosts is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population—what they owe us, what we owe them."
Los Angeles Times
"A film whose sense of urgency and purpose is utterly engrossing."
Ernest Hardy, Village Voice
"Powerful...disturbing...beautifully shot. A
superb example of committed filmmaking."
Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine
About the filmmaker:
Liz Marshall is a multi-award winning documentary filmmaker (Director, Writer, Producer) and cross-platform creator who fuses character-driven cinematic storytelling with social and environmental justice issues. Since the 90s she has created a body of international documentaries that focus on a range of significant issues including: animal rights; the right to water movement; HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; sweatshop labour; corporate-globalization; gender; censorship affecting writers and journalists, and war-affected children.
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