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What is Tribe of Heart?

Award-Winning Films
that awaken compassion and deepen each individual’s understanding of the interconnectedness of all life.

A Charitable Organization
that empowers caring people everywhere to become agents of peaceful social change.

A Global Community
of people from all walks of life dedicated to living with kindness and respect for all living beings.

A Commitment
to actions guided by publicly stated values, ever mindful that the means are the end.

A Vision
of a world free of violence and full of beauty.

Our Projects:
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home
A Tribe of Heart Documentary
78 minutes
DVD release date: June, 2012


Director: Jenny Stein
Producer: James LaVeck
Associate Producers: Eric Huang, Kevin Smith
Musical Score: Kevin Bartlett, Joy Askew


A riveting story of transformation and healing, PEACEABLE KINGDOM: THE JOURNEY HOME explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic premises of their inherited way of life. Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers’ sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma. Interwoven with the farmers' stories is the dramatic animal rescue work of a newly-trained humane police officer whose sense of justice puts her at odds with the law she is charged to uphold.

With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves.
The Witness
A Tribe of Heart Documentary
43 minutes, 2000


Director: Jenny Stein
Producer: James LaVeck
Photography: Jason Longo
Sound: Jane Greenberg


How does a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood become an impassioned animal advocate?

In the award-winning documentary THE WITNESS, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness.


Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
Ithaca, NY - April 14, 2011

Princeton Environmental Film Festival
Princeton, NJ - January 15, 2011

Sausalito Film Festival
Sausalito, CA - Agust 24, 2010

Berkshire International Film Festival
Audience Award
Pittsfield, MA - June 5, 2010
Great Barrington, MA - June 6, 2010

Talking Pictures Festival
Evanston, IL - May 9, 2010

Environmental Film Festival at Yale
Audience Award
New Haven, CT – April 9, 2010

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
Washington, DC – March 27, 2010

Canada International Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize
Vancouver, BC – March 21, 2010

Peace on Earth Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary
Chicago, IL – February 27, 2010

Anchorage International Film Festival
Anchorage, AK - December 5 & 13, 2009

St. Louis International Film Festival
St. Louis, MO - November 14, 2009

Ojai - Ventura International Film Festival
Honorable Mention
Ojai, CA - November 6 & 7, 2009

Orlando Film Festival
Orlando, FL - November 5, 2009

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Hot Springs, AR - October 23-25, 2009

Moondance International Film Festival
"Spirit of Moondance" Best Feature Documentary
Boulder, CO - September 26-27, 2009

STEPS International Rights Film Festival
Free Thinker Award
Kiev, Ukraine - October 7, 2007

Open Your Eyes! International Film Festival
Best Documentary Award
Prague, Czech Republic - May 11, 2007

Festival Int'l du Film d'Environnement
Paris, France - November 24, 2005

Rocky Mountain Womens Film Festival
Colorado Springs, CO - November 5, 2005

Port Townsend Film Festival
Port Townsend, WA - September 24, 2005

Kansas International Film Festival
Audience Award: Documentary
Overland Park, KS - September 10, 2005

Oxford Film Festival
Oxford, MS - September 9, 2005

Rhode Island International Film Festival
Newport & Providence, RI - Aug 13, 2005

Fairfax Eco Film Festival
Fairfax, CA - June 4, 2005

Arizona Catholic Film Festival
Phoenix, AZ - May 21, 2005

Pacific Palisades Film Festival
Pacific Palisades, CA - May 15, 2005

Santa Cruz Film Festival
Santa Cruz, CA - May 10, 2005

Dances With Films '05
Audience Award: Documentary
Santa Monica, CA - May 7, 2005

MassBay Film Festival
Worcester, MA - April 24, 2005

Newport Beach Film Festival
Newport Beach, CA - April 22, 2005

Artivist Film Festival
Best Short Film Award
Hollywood, CA - April 21, 2005

Palm Beach Film Festival
Palm Beach, FL - April 16 & 20, 2005

Chicago Int'l Documentary Festival
Chicago, IL - April 8 & 10, 2005

New River Film Festival
Blacksburg, VA - April 8 & 10, 2005

Cleveland International Film Festival
Cleveland, OH - March 15 & 16, 2005

Durango Film Festival
Durango, CO - March 8, 9 & 11, 2005

Sedona International Film Festival
Sedona, AZ - March 3 & 5, 2005

Fargo Film Festival
Fargo, ND - March 3, 2005

Hearts and Minds Film Festival
Wilmington, DE - March 3, 2005

Big Muddy Film Festival
John Michaels Memorial Film Award:
2nd Place

Carbondale, IL - February 26, 2005

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
Missoula, MT - February 22, 2005

Freedom Cinema Festival
Park City, UT - January 26 & 28, 2005

Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
Nevada City, CA - January 8, 2005

Bahamas International Festival
Nassau, Bahamas - December 10, 2004

Santa Fe Film Festival
Santa Fe, NM - December 3 & 4, 2004

Olympia Film Festival '04
Olympia, WA - November 11, 2004

Ojai Film Festival '04
Festival Theme Award:
Awakening the Human Spirit through Film

Ojai, CA - October 24, 2004

Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival
Ithaca, NY - October 24, 2004

Winslow Film Festival
Winslow, AZ - October 22, 2004

Northern Lights Documentary Film Festival
Newburyport, MA - Oct. 2, 2004

New Jersey Film Festival '04
New Brunswick, NJ - Sept. 30, 2004

Red Bank International Film Festival '04
Red Bank, NJ - October 8, 2004

Maui Film Festival
Wailea, Maui, HI - June 16, 2004

Hive Film Festival
Singapore - Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2003

7th International Environmental Film Festival
Istanbul, Turkey - June 6-12, 2003

Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival
Turin, Italy - Oct. 19, 2002

Wilmington Independent Film Festival
Wilmington, DE - Sept. 25 - 29, 2002

Red Bank International Film Festival '02
Red Bank, NJ - Aug. 24, 2002

Olympia Film Festival '01
Olympia, WA - October 21, 2001

Planet In Focus
Environmental Film Festival
Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Sept. 29, 2001

Dances With Films '01
Los Angeles, CA - July 29, 2001

New Jersey International Film Festival '01
Best Documentary Award
New Brunswick, NJ - July 27 & 28, 2001

Arizona International Film Festival
Tucson, AZ - April 26 & 29, 2001

Film Fest New Haven
New Haven, CT - April 29, 2001

Dallas Video Festival
Dallas, TX - March 18, 2001

Tambay Film Festival
Tampa, FL - March 9, 2001

The Conscientious Projector Film Festival
Bainbridge Island, WA - March 4, 2001

Ojai Film Festival 2000
Ojai, CA - November 17, 2000

EarthVision 2000
Environmental Film Festival
Santa Cruz, CA - November 13, 2000

Vermont International Film Festival
Burlington, VT - October 29, 2000

The Virginia Film Festival
Charlottesville, VA - October 28, 2000

Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
Hot Springs, AR - October 18 and 21, 2000

Cornell Environmental Film Festival
Ithaca, NY - October 15, 2000

Port Hueneme International Film Festival
Port Hueneme, CA - October 5, 2000

Brooklyn Film Festival
Best Documentary Feature (Jury)
Best Documentary Feature (Audience)

New York, NY - September 9, 2000

Crested Butte Reel Fest
Best of Festival Award
Best Documentary Award

Crested Butte, CO - August 19, 2000

Canyonlands Film Festival
Best Documentary Award
Moab, UT - April 6, 2000


                    Sante Fe Film Festival



Chica Festival
Peace On Earth Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary Award

Canada International Film Festival
Grand Jury Award

"Spirit of Moondance"
Best Feature Documentary Award

Steps International Rights Free Thinker Award

Artivist Film Festival
Best Short Film Award

Ojai Film Festival
Awakening the Human Spirit Through Film Award

Canyonlands Film Festival
Best Documentary Award

EarthVision 2000 Film Festival


Distinguished Guardian Award
Presented to Tribe of Heart by In Defense of Animals
Paramount Studios, Los Angeles, CA
October 30, 2004

Outstanding National Activist Award

Presented to Tribe of Heart by
The Culture and Animals Foundation
Raleigh, NC
October 5, 2002

First Place Advocacy & Public Policy Search for Excellence Video Awards
Presented by the Latham Foundation for the Promotion of Humane Education
"Videos increasing awareness and encouraging action"
Alameda, CA

Filmmakers James LaVeck and Jenny Stein receive the Distinguished Guardian award presented by actress Wendie Malick

Reviews and Endorsements

“It’s about changing your life, taking a stand for those who can’t and being true to what is right... It’s a call to all of us to do something, to make a difference.”   
                                   —Alicia Silverstone

“The strength of the force to banish this provocative film is the very reason we chose to broadcast it.”              —Toni Whiteman, Producer, Link TV

"Effective and never over-sensationalized, this thought-provoking production will move both adult and teen viewers.”  
                                   —American Library Association BOOKLIST

"This award-winning [documentary] should be considered a tool to promote kindness toward animals. Recommended for upper-level school, academic, and public libraries."                      —Library Journal

"Provides a catalyst for emphasizing the importance of relationships and the value of all life -- human and non-human animal alike... I encourage all teachers to watch this film and share it with their students.”   
                                   —Yale Wishnik, Ph.D, California Teachers Association

“It is an impressive documentary and we strongly endorse it.”
                                   —Sheila Schwartz, Ed.D, Chairperson, United Federation of
                                      Teachers Humane Education Committee

“Packs a wallop... heartfelt and effective."   
                                   —Santa Cruz Sentinel

"The Cat's Meow of activism... as a statement, its power is stunning... See it — you'll be changed."                      
                                   —The Hour - Montreal News Weekly

"A compelling and novel film, crafted with sensitivity, revealing through the transformation of an American working man unacceptable cruelty to animals. This is a film for all Americans."   
                                   —Dr. Tom Raffin, Stanford University Medical
                                     Ethics Committee Member, and Michele Raffin, Author

"A tale of personal redemption... inspires and informs."    
                                   —Santa Cruz Good Times
About Peaceable Journey

From the very first screenings of our documentary, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, audience members were keen to learn more about the issues explored in the film. They asked us to guide them to resources that would allow them to further explore their own unfolding journey toward a more just, compassionate and sustainable way of life. In response to this need, we have created the Peaceable Journey online guide.

The information and resources in this guide are offered in the spirit of inspiration, discovery and critical thinking. Our goal is not to put forth final answers, but to encourage thoughtful dialogue. We believe that each person is on a unique journey, and though we are happy to share what we are learning ourselves and how we are trying to live, we make no pretense of telling other people what to think or how to be in the world. These are questions of conscience that each of us must answer for ourselves. That said, we do present ideas and factual information that in many ways challenge commonly-held practices and ideas, with the hope that others might be inspired, as we have been, to re-examine their relationship to other animals and the natural world.