LOOKING AT OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH ANIMALS
ABOUT THE FILM
Animals are an intimate 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 relationships we have with animals can tell us a lot about ourselves, and in MOMENTS OF TRUTH we explore the activities that bring other species into our sphere, illuminating what connects us, where we draw lines, and where we appear to be headed together.
The story follows Caroline Kraus and her dog Henry as they take to the road for two years to engage people in conversations about our often paradoxical relationship with the other species all around us.
This intimate, one-woman production transports viewers to locations throughout the U.S. to peer inside the lives and beliefs of farmers and ranchers, bioethicists and conservationists, animal researchers and hunters, sanctuary founders, equestrians and more.
By taking to the road and engaging with people who work in animal industries, as well as people who defend animals from use, a dialogue emerges around using other beings in the best of circumstances and conditions, with caring farmers, thoughtful horse trainers, concerned veterinarians and compassionate research scientists. Given the most humane methods of training, confinement and killing, can we still justify doing to animals what we would never allow done to ourselves?
In the process of exploring this question, MOMENTS OF TRUTH offers a window into the lives and concerns of our fellow humans and other species, offering an exploration of the lines of superiority we draw between humans and animals, and how this ties in to the divisions we create between one another as well.
The film brings together a cast of subject authorities and public figures blended with memorable voices of people in animal industries who know and care about animals and our relationships with them. Spontaneous encounters arise in a hair salon and gas station, and woven throughout are the faces and voices of animals, the ever-present subjects around which our collective interests swirl.
Moments Of Truth is Produced, Directed, Filmed and Edited by Caroline Kraus
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