Through the lens of our relationship with animals


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about the film

Animals are an intimate and inextricable part of the human experience. We celebrate some in books and art, invite others into our homes, and involve vast numbers in industries producing food, materials, entertainment and experiments. The relationship we have with animals can tell us a lot about ourselves, and in MOMENTS OF TRUTH: WHERE HUMANS & ANIMALS MEET we explore the human activities that bring other species into our sphere, illuminating what connects us, where we draw lines, and where we appear to be headed together.

Through interviews and encounters across America,  we learn from farmers and bioethicists, scientists and authors, sociologists and horse trainers, conservationists and hunters, sanctuary founders and wildlife veterinarians.

By taking to the road and engaging with people who work in animal industries as well as consumers and people who defend animals from use, a candid dialogue emerges around using animals in the best of circumstances and conditions, with caring farmers, thoughtful equestrians, concerned zoo doctors and compassionate research scientists. Given the most humane training methods, confinement strategies and killing techniques, we can more easily consider the rationales for training, confinement and killing to begin with, and weigh the benefits and alternatives.

In the process, the film offers an engaging and entertaining window into some of the beliefs and pursuits that shape our choices and options, deepening our exposure to the lives and concerns of other people and other species, and the environments we share. 


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