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The Ghosts In Our Machine

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Join us on February 28th at 2:00 pm for a free screening of the full-length Canadian documentary The Ghosts In Our Machine. The screening will be held at the Gabriola Public Library (located at the Village).

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE – THEATRICAL TRAILER

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?

From the Director and Producer, Liz Marshall:

“I have made a number of films that have taken me around the globe to witness stark realities, injustice, hope, and to meet inspiring change-makers. I’ve focused primarily on human rights issues, and the environment. Making The Ghosts In Our Machine has profoundly tweaked my moral compass – differently.

The Ghosts In Our Machine is a journey of discovery into what is a complex social dilemma. In essence, humans have cleverly categorized non-human animals into three parts: domesticated pets, wildlife, and the ones we don’t like to think about: the ghosts in our machine. Why do we value wildlife and our companion animals but not the billions of animals bred and used annually by global industries? It is this core question that prompted me to delve deeply to explore this subject matter. The film follows animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur over the course of a year in parts of Europe, the USA, and in Canada. I chose to feature Jo-Anne as the film’s protagonist because her mission is an inspiring and sympathetic entry-point into the animal issue, and her powerful photographs invite us to consider non-human animals as individuals.

As a filmmaker my heart is fully engaged, yet I am critically removed, looking through glass, examining the angles, the light, and the meaning of the greater story. My deepest motivation is to create an eye-opening experience for audiences, to remove people’s blinders, and to celebrate underrepresented narratives. Through story, sound and picture I hope people will see animals differently – forever.

As consumers we can each make a difference for the ghosts, everyday.”

Official website: http://www.theghostsinourmachine.com/

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