Moments Of Truth: Where Humans & Animals meet
MOMENTS OF TRUTH: WHERE HUMANS & ANIMALS MEET is the project's first feature length film, to be released in mid to late 2018.
It's hard to think of a subject more deeply embedded in human life than our relationship with other species. We celebrate some in books and art, invite others into our homes, and appropriate the vast majority for food, materials, entertainment and experimentation. Because animal industries reach into virtually every aspect of human life, exploring this relationship provides enlightening ground for understanding human nature, social structures, the psychology of beliefs, and the levers of power.
Through the project's interviews, observations and intimate encounters recorded across America, MOMENTS OF TRUTH: WHERE HUMANS & ANIMALS MEET explores the idea that all life is interdependent and deserves equally to be free from intentional harm. The film asks why civil societies strive to defend humans from harm regardless of appearance, ability and intelligence, yet justify causing other species harm based on assumptions about those very qualities.
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, these ideas are tested and held to the light.
My hope is that the film provides an engaging and entertaining experience while expanding and deepening our exposure to the lives and concerns of other species and other people. I aim to show how people with different viewpoints acquire their beliefs so that viewers are inspired to think about the ways social, political and economic systems influence their own ability to make healthy, sustainable, compassionate and informed choices.
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