About the film...
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is a new documentary by the award-winning filmmakers of The Witness.
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A riveting story of transformation and healing, this 78-minute documentary portrays the experience of five farmers, an animal rescuer and a humane police officer, each engaged in a courageous struggle of conscience. As they attempt to re-integrate parts of themselves that were fragmented by expectations and experiences that went against their deepest natures, they reveal the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led to their present conflict. Their powerful testimony, combined with rare footage providing insight into the emotional lives of animals, creates an unforgettable portrait of farm life that many viewers have called "a life-changing experience."
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Audiences are saying...
"Phenomenal film. Life-changing."
"I felt 'whole' after watching the film. It makes connections that I don't encounter in everyday life. It made me feel larger than myself, like I am a part of something bigger."
“Touched my heart and opened more compassion, kindness and mercy in me.”
"Beautiful. Courageous. It has raised my awareness to a whole new level."
"The first time I cried and laughed at the same time. I feel awakened and alive."
"This is by far the best film on our modern agricultural system, and an alternative view, that I have ever seen."
"It has re-awakened in my soul what I have known all along and now I must follow. Thank you."
"We are truly all connected, and this documentary shows this better than anything else out there."
"Very clarifying, morally and ethically."
"It’s hard to communicate the number of feelings that enveloped me while viewing this film. The emotions of the audience surrounded and touched me as an ocean of compassion."
"Moving and honest."
"Our world needs this message -- it was heartfelt, tragic, hopeful and inspiring. I'm overwhelmed and grateful."
"I can honestly say that after seeing this film, I am changed for the better."
"This film reminds me to live with heartfelt connections to animals, people and the earth."
"My heart has been broken, and opened."
“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.”
"Everyone on the planet needs to see this film. I am deeply moved."
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Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home will be screened at Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street, in Ithaca, NY. Map & Directions
General Admission: $9.50
Cinemapolis Members: $1.50 discount
Reception to follow, at nearby Delilah's.
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Film Subject Harold Brown
A fifth-generation farmer from Michigan, Harold Brown worked in animal agriculture for half of his life. In Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home, he shares the touching story of how he broke away from the traditions of his upbringing to forge a new way in the world, based on his desire to live in harmony with his most deeply held values.
In 2008, Harold founded a charitable organization called Farmkind, “to be a resource for farmers who want to make the transition from animal based to plant based agriculture, for consumers to learn a different perspective on how food is produced, to help those who desire to reconnect with the land and become farmers, to support local food production, environmental and social justice issues, the rights of all living beings to be co-cohabitants of this planet, and how these things have everything to do with creating the peaceful world that all beings desire.” Farmkind is based in the heart of the Finger Lakes, in Hector, NY.
Filmmakers Jenny Stein and
The work of documentary filmmakers Jenny Stein and James LaVeck, has been recognized by film festival juries and audience members for its uncompromising yet compassionate portrayal of the interplay between what is most troubling in human society with what is most inspiring in human nature. LaVeck (producer) and Stein (director) are co-founders of the Ithaca, New York-based non-profit documentary production organization Tribe of Heart.
For the last ten years, Tribe of Heart films have appeared in 80 festivals around the world and won 17 top awards, including 4 for Best of Festival and 12 for Best Documentary. Their work has appeared on PBS, LinkTV, FreeSpeech TV, and the United Kingdom’s Community Channel. This will be their third film to screen at the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival over the past 10 years.
About the festival...
The Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival at Ithaca College embraces and interrogates sustainability across all of its forms: economic, social, ecological, political, cultural, technological, and aesthetic. The festival is in the spirit of UNESCO’s initiative on sustainable development. This initiative has redefined and expanded environmental issues to explore the international interconnections between war, disease, health, genocide, the land, water, air, food, education, technology, cultural heritage, and diversity. Through film, video, new media, installation, performance, panels, and presentations, the festival engages interdisciplinary dialogue and vigorous debate. It links the local with the global. And it showcases Ithaca College as a regional and national center for thinking differently—in new ways, interfaces, and forms—about the environment and sustainability.
This year's FLEFF will take place April 10-17 at Cinemapolis and at Ithaca College.