Award-winning director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) embarks on a journey to explore what the future could look like by the year 2040 if we simply embraced the best solutions already available to us to improve our planet and shifted them rapidly into the mainstream. Structured as a visual letter to his 4-year-old daughter, Damon blends traditional documentary with dramatised sequences and high-end visual effects to create a vision board of how these solutions could regenerate the world for future generations.
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In Hawaii a group of Native Hawaiians and conservationists struggle politically to protect the exotic fish being looted from the reefs. Turtles, whales and dolphins are all protected, but not the fish. Now many verge on extinction. 28 million fish are in the aquarium trade pipeline at any given time. They undergo bladder piercing, fin cutting and starvation for shipment and reach the mainland dead or dying. They would have lived up to forty years on a reef. Fish species are in crisis worldwide and many are caught with cyanide and dynamite.
"Dear Tilly" is a short documentary framed as a letter to Carrie and Ron Shogan's adopted daugher, a pig named Tilly. Despite living a tragically short life, Matilda inspired the two to open a sanctuary where 70+ animals now reside and thrive. While Tilly may not be here to witness the lives saved by her legacy, others can. In an effort to create closure and inspire empathy, "Dear Tilly" blurs the lines between human and animal in a time where our definition of family needs to stretch far beyond our own reflection.
Zach Goodwin assembled a small film crew, of his film school classmates (Flynn Harris, Alex Flanagan, Alex Kumph), to go out every Sunday night to film / take part in the LA Animal Save Vigils. After several weeks of intensive shooting, hundreds of miles of driving, and over 100 hours of editing, the crew decided to share equal credit for the film.
This short film explores an uncomfortable truth for vegans everywhere, one that should unsettle even meat eaters: We are led to believe that our choices in the supermarket directly affect how many animals go to slaughter... but we are wrong.
There’s a little-known battle taking place in grocery stores everywhere -- it’s a battle over the labels stuck to your food. With a surge of vegan products hitting the market, names like “almond milk” are frequently used to describe these products’ similarity to their non-vegan counterparts. But Miyoko Schinner was fined and asked to remove the word “butter” from her plant-based butter product by the California Department of Food & Agriculture. Why? Is this type of labeling regulation a violation of free speech, or do confusing labels pose a threat to consumers? Listen as experts discuss and debate this complex issue.
Freedom Farm Sanctuary/Documentary Series by Taliya Finkel for Kan Digital 6 Chapters. 8-10 minutes each At the Freedom Farm Sanctuary in Israel, ‘imperfect’ farm animals rejected from the food industry find a forever home. This optimistic, sweet, and profoundly moving documentary series follows the journey of the unique relationships formed between these adorable animals and those sanctuary volunteers (often with their own ‘imperfections’) who go above and beyond to care for them. With sensitivity, humor and love, these stories remind us of the universal oneness between humans and animals, and invite us to view the animals through the lens of individuals in society who have also been ‘othered’ in a variety of ways, and who have much to share about the real meaning of compassion and respect, and the path to healing ourselves and the world: Billy: a disabled IDF war veteran with a prosthetic leg who identifies with the disabled animals on the farm. Yanna: (a Russian immigrant who) struggles with body image issues and finds unexpected comfort with chickens from the meat industry because like them, she feels trapped in her own body. Mantegvosh (an Ethiopian immigrant who)dedicates herself to caring for a blind goat as she frets about her own hereditary vision problems. Orna was the first female bus driver in Israel, and recovered from cancer, but suffers from insomnia and finds peace working night shifts as farm security. Orly is flooded by painful childhood memories as she cares for a baby goat rescued just moments before he was slaughtered as a Passover sacrifice. Ilana helps farm volunteers with mental impairments overcome fear and befriend two pigs who struggle with severe pain due to genetic modification.
In August 2020, NowThis—the largest social video news publisher in the world—premiered Beyond Carnism's three-minute video entitled “Golden Retriever Burgers Trending?! #CatchOnToCarnism.” Carnism is the invisible belief system that conditions people to eat certain animals. The sticky, thought-provoking video quickly went viral, also clocking up views on AOL, other news sites, and social media posts by organizations and influencers. In just two weeks, the video was shared thousands of times across all platforms and garnered nearly 1 million total views. Using eye-catching animations and powerful, compelling dialogue, the video exposes the psychology that drives people to eat animals by illustrating how carnism distorts our perceptions of farmed animals and the foods procured from their bodies. Drawing parallels with the movie "The Matrix," it reveals that people view eating animals as normal, natural, and necessary as long as they are plugged into the “matrix of carnism.” Through the video, we invited viewers to be vegan allies—including by being as vegan as possible—in order to become a part of the solution to help transform carnism.
A short documentary highlights the teachings of Islam around meat processing and how modern day animal farming can never meat the halal requirements by following the process of animal transportation and slaughter in Dhaka and letting the images speak for themselves.
The first Romanian documentary exploring the relationship between humans, animals and nature. The documentary raises a lot of questions regarding our interaction with animals and nature. What are our responsibilities towards animals? What types of dietary biases do we encounter in our society? How does animal exploitation impact the environment and our health and what solutions do we have at hand? The film also succeeds, after 2 years of investigations and interviews with artists, nutritionists specialists, philosophers, athletes, activists and ordinary people, to present their stories and life experiences- all gathered in a captivating documentary that will show the world as we know it in a new light.
2021 IVFF Awards Show, announcing all the winning films, photo essays, and cookbooks.
Joaquin Phoenix lends his voice to a PETA investigation exposing a Walmart egg supplier whose workers were caught on video abusing hens and leaving them for dead.
Kat Graham speaks out against speciesism and urges everyone to help create a more peaceful world by going vegan.
"Long Gone Wild" is an important, compelling, and timely film with a powerful message regarding the cruel and inhumane treatment of one of the world's most spectacular and beloved animals: Orcinus orca, the killer whale. Shot in 4k and featuring the world’s leading orca experts, LGW picks up where "Blackfish" left off yet tells a uniquely new and different story, focusing on the transition of the orca as a “demon from hell” to the “Brainiac of the planet”; the “Blackfish Effect” (what it did and didn’t accomplish i.e., SeaWorld took a major hit to its bottom line but the 20 orcas are still there); the case against captivity; orcas as sentient animals; and the Whale Sanctuary Project, the soon-to-be, first-ever seaside sanctuary where retired orcas can return to - and be cared for - in their natural habitat with absolutely no requirement to perform. The film also addresses the disturbing developments surrounding Russia and China. Russia is live-capturing orcas and selling them to the exploding Chinese marine theme park industry (60 parks and counting) for a reported $6 million each. Ric O’Barry of The Cove fame accompanied director Bill Neal and crew on a “stealth” mission in search of the orcas held in a secret location near the park in Zhuhai. The dicey operation very nearly landed them in a Chinese jail.
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Machine Age is a visceral experience of the mechanized world of industrial egg production. Using investigative material, this short film immerses us into the sights and sounds of life behind the walls of a factory farm.
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Step inside the studio for a quick look at the detailed stop-motion animation process behind this intricately powerful short film, SAVE RALPH. Created by Spencer Susser and frequent Wes Anderson/Tim Burton set designer and puppet maker Andy Gent (Fantastic Mr. Fox, Isle of Dogs, The French Dispatch, The Corpse Bride).
Following on from 2018’s award-winning Drowning In Plastic, science and wildlife presenter Liz Bonnin is travelling around the world to investigate the impact that our hunger for meat is having on our planet’s environment. Reports from the IPCC and the FAO revealed that the global livestock industry is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the running of all the world’s transport combined - and it’s polluting our air, land, and water. So just how bad is the problem, and what can we do about it? Liz travels from Texan megafarms, where 50,000 cows belch out vast amounts of planet-warming methane, to giant pig farms producing colossal quantities of polluting manure. In the Amazon rainforest she discovers how beef farming is a leading cause of deforestation, and comes face to face with a baby harpy eagle - a species rapidly losing its habitat as cattle farmers cut down the forest. Feeding our planet’s livestock is also leading to huge biodiversity loss and, in South Africa, Liz discovers how this is affecting life in our oceans, helping to drive the African penguin towards extinction. Liz also meets the scientists and entrepreneurs urgently looking for solutions. At a university in California, Liz puts her hand directly into the stomach of a cow - all in the name of reducing methane emissions. In North Carolina she meets an entrepreneur who’s using his manure to power local homes. And in San Francisco, she becomes one of the first people in the world to try a lab-made chicken nugget - a product that might reduce the environmental damage caused by meat production. Liz finishes her journey on a small farm in Wales, where she meets a family who have shifted their relationship with meat by taking the bold step of slaughtering their own animals. At the end of her journey, Liz starts to assess her own attitude to meat, and questions what we can all do to save our fragile planet.
“This is my world. Join me as I climb transport trucks, and stay quietly and diligently with animals as they go to slaughter. Join me in the dusty roads and at my little hotel room editing desk, as Miguel and I discuss animals, animal photojournalism and, ultimately, kindness.” Moving Animals is a powerful short film about Jo-Anne McArthur’s documentation of the long-distance transport of animals, shot and produced by filmmaker Miguel Endara. Jo-Anne also talks about solutions and how being vegan led to her feeling happy: intellectually, psychologically and emotionally aligned in her place in the world.
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With only 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth, The Need To GROW offers an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement - an 8 year old girl challenges the ethics of a beloved organization - a renegade farmer struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource efficient agriculture - and an accomplished visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology. TNTG delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil - revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth.
Activists and scientists discuss the lives, emotions, and perceptions of the farmed animals we eat, wear, and experiment on.
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This short documentary film captures a heated confrontation outside a slaughterhouse in Newark, New Jersey between 1 farmer and multiple animal activists, as emotions run high and a packed truck of animals await their brutal end. This short is part of a larger set of original pieces created for The Animal Issue, CaveLight Films' ongoing initiative focusing on the perils of animal agriculture. For more: www.cavelightfilms.com/project/the-animal-issue Directed by Jordan Ehrlich
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A nature enthusiast begins to notice strange things taking place within his favorite national park which inspires him embark on an amatuer investigation. What he discovers is a highly controversial and political battle between private ranching and preservation of wildlife within a national park. But as disturbing as that discovery was it pales compared to the other horrors he found along the way.
In December 2020, Veganuary co-founder Matthew Glover took chef and owner of Source restaurant Adam Lyons undercover inside a typical chicken farm. This is what happened.
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Think you need to eat animals to get enough protein? Think again. These vegan athletes are workout buddies, business partners and co-authors of the book "Plant-Based Muscle." Robert Cheeke is a vegan bodybuilding pioneer, bodybuilding champion and a bestselling author. Vanessa Espinoza is an elite powerlifter, a 3X Colorado Golden Gloves Boxing Champion and an All-American basketball player.
Writer/Director Shaun Monson turns his camera to the death of Canadian activist Regan Russell, who was struck and killed by a transport truck while peacefully protesting outside a slaughterhouse in Burlington, Ontario. No criminal charges were brought against the driver, and Bill 156 may be the reason why.
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A look into the final hours of life for pigs from Smithfield, and the secrets of a deadly industry.
Most, if not all, of the world’s most pressing problems are connected by an underlying mentality of othering, of separation, and superiority. We see ourselves as separate and superior from other human beings, based on race, class, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or whatever other distinction we can find. We see ourselves as separate and superior from the nonhuman animals and the natural world. As a result, we abuse, oppress, and exploit human beings, nonhuman animals, and the environment. This mindset is the root cause of unimaginable suffering and could lead to the destruction of our own world. Animal agriculture and our exploitative relationship with animals lies at the very heart of it all. If this world is going to survive, we need a new paradigm, a new understanding of our true interconnection with all other life, and a new relationship with each other and our world. Until all are free, none are free.
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Voiceless: Crime of Silence is the feature documentary that for the first time delves into the fervently heated world of the rapidly rising animal rights movement, told through the intimate stories of 3 Australian activists, who’s journeys within the movement we follow over the course of 2 years, painting rich portraits of their lives.
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