AG, DR, John Lyon Paul & Katy Gottschalk, Alice Baker, Pam Page, Kevin & Ramona Smith, Lisa Lefebvre, Erich Mahnke, Michael & Amy Porteus, Patty Mark, Philip Wollen
Carol & Ted Barnett, Christian Becker, Giorgio Bertoni, Carolyn Bills, Patti Breitman, Jan Cejka, James Corcoran & Rae Sikora, Ann Creech, Kim Frost, Lowell Garner, Douglas H. Ginsburg, Lee Hall, Louisa Hart, JWF Holliday, Eva Ma, Pamela Jay, Cameron Lane, Jean Lowe & Kim MacConnel, Ronald & Christine Main, Oswald Family Foundation, Mark Sabel & Mary Helmer, Alan & Terri Scheller-Wolf, Monica Towle, Michael Tucker, A Well Fed World, Thomas Winger, Gypsy Wulff, and the Butcher, Creech, Hills, Lloyd & Stein families.
In Loving Memory of:
Malcolm Lloyd, Stuart Stein, Richard Belsher, Steven Bruce Farmer, Tony Levin, Jenny Ma, Tom Regan
Original screening room design:
|Peaceable Kingdom - The Journey Home|
|The Witness - A Tribe of Heart Documentary|
|LOVE over FEAR - Inspiring story behind Peaceable Kingdom|
|The Artist as Activist|
|From Pain to Empowerment|
|Marching to a Different Drummer|
|All the Difference in the World|
|Can a Change of Heart Change the World?|
|Father Frank Mann's Awakening to Compassion for Animals|
|Mama Hen & Baby Chick - touching scene from Peaceable Kingdom|
|Happy Cows - Behind the Myth|
|Cage Free Eggs - Behind the Myth|
There are many forms of oppression and violence in society that, for reasons of culture or tradition, remain largely unexamined. Walking the path of holistic nonviolence is about questioning ALL forms of oppression and violence, seeking to better understand their common roots, and choosing alternatives. It is about being unwilling -- directly or indirectly -- to take part in violence, to profit from the harm of others, or to willfully ignore oppression. It is about refusing to intentionally take away the dignity, bodily integrity, freedom, or the life of another individual, no matter how they may differ from ourselves, be they a fellow human or a fellow animal.
Pursuing this path is not about being perfect, but about challenging ourselves to ever expand our understanding of how our actions affect others, and over time, to come closer and closer to the ideal of nonviolence toward all. It is a long term path of self-development, integrity and service. It places a special focus on respecting, advocating for, and, when possible, empowering those who are being oppressed, exploited or killed. Most importantly, it is a path based on cherishing and protecting life, and celebrating the beauty and joy we can create together.
The sections below describe three different modes of expressing holistic nonviolence, with many specific examples for each.
Commitment to ever-decreasing participation in the harm and killing of others
Commitment to nonviolently intervene in accordance with one's capacity when others are being harmed, and to work for the abolition of systemic harms
Within the bounds of one's understanding and capability, commitment to protect the integrity of the principles of holistic nonviolence, to teach alternatives to oppression and exploitation, to help heal the trauma of violence, and to expand our collective understanding of what it means to live with care and respect for all.
Talk & Screening
From Lamb Chops to Lentils: The Evolution of Conscience
Mar 11 Dundee Scotland United Kingdom
Vegan Dinner & Talk by TOH co-founder
Introducing Holistic Nonviolence - with James LaVeck
Feb 19 Rochester NY
If one of our films has opened your heart, we encourage you to share this powerful experience with friends, family members, and colleagues -- in your home, in a classroom, on social media, or even by holding a public screening in your community. The comments below show the truly profound, life-changing impact a message of compassion and justice can have when shared in a community setting.
This movie awakens a love I have closed myself to -- Beautiful! (film festival viewer)
I was so incredibly moved by this movie. It was great to be reminded of the good one person can do, and that we are all responsible for speaking for those who can't. (TV viewer)
I feel 'whole' after watching the film. It makes connections that I don't encounter in everyday life. It made feel me larger than myself, like I am a part of something bigger. (college student)
The first time I cried and laughed at the same time. I feel awakened and alive. (film festival viewer)
This film broke my heart in the best possible way. I love that the film is so compassionate not just to the animals but also to the farmers. Their journey is our journey, everyone who has gone from using animals to embracing nonviolence. I want to show this film to everyone I know. (audience member in Canada)
An extremely important film, created with amazing sensitivity. Like so many, I have not listened to my better instincts. Thanks to your film, I will make sure my grandchildren learn to love and appreciate animals. (audience member at a peace film festival)
The humanity and courage of the people in this film touches me deeply -- people living their values -- and that is what needs to change. Beyond our prayers, we can make a difference in how we live. (film festival viewer)
It is too easy to feel insignificant, and think that there's nothing one person is able to do to make a difference. Thank you for showing that that is not the case, and that every last action does help. It is truly a humbling realization. (TV viewer)
This film has shifted something inside of me. Thank you for giving these animals voices. Thank you for giving me the courage to make change. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. (audience member in Australia)
Watching the film, I feel my heart breaks for how animals are treated. They know pain and sadness like we do. Let's treat them as people treat each other. Respect them, love them so that not only their life but ours is better also. They will be our loyal friends. (audience member in Vietnam)
Words will never quite convey how much this documentary has affected me. My hope is that others will be similarly made aware. Sure, everyone 'knows' what's going on, but does it truly sink in? Not like this film provides. There is nothing like it. (TV viewer)
The film reminded me that it's not OK to be 'unaware.' I felt, 'I want to make a difference.' (audience member in Japan)
Not only is 'the journey home' about our individual and collective journeys to truth and justice, but the animals' journeys 'home.' They are our teachers if we will only listen -- hear them -- and learn. Maybe this is 'the one' that will awaken the collective. I can only hope. (film festival viewer)
Beautiful, sensitively done film. There is much to think about how our choices add violence to our world. (Viewer at a Catholic community screening)
I work with individuals with disabilities and strive to interact at all times with respect for their individual humanity. However I don't extend that to the entire animal kingdom. This film finally challenged that disconnect. I've moved to a new consciousness again. (film festival viewer)
This film really brought home to me how many people are being hurt by having to shut down their essential selves -- how bits of them die every day. It's a truly compassionate story. (film festival viewer)
I can honestly say that after seeing this film I am changed for the better. (film festival viewer)
Our world needs this message -- it was heartfelt, hopeful and inspiring. I'm overwhelmed and grateful. (film festival viewer)