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Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is a new documentary by the award-winning filmmakers of The Witness.
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."
Video highlights from
the World Premiere
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the Chicago Premiere
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."
"Moving and honest."
"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."
"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."
"Everyone on the planet needs to see this film. I am deeply moved."
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The film will also be screening in June at the Berkshire International Film Festival (Western Massachusetts), and in Cleveland, OH.
The Egyptian Theatre is in the Capitol Hill area, at 801 East Pine Street, between Broadway & Harvard Ave. Map & Directions
A light reception is included in the ticket price, and will take place in the theater immediately following the film screening and Q&A.
Street parking is available in the neighborhood as well as a parking garage that is located caddy corner to the theatre at the same intersection (Pine & Harvard). Rate is $5 for evening parking.
TICKETS are $8. You can purchase in advance (select May 13 as the show date) through the Egyptian Theatre box office, or at the door the night of the event. Seating is unreserved, and will be on a first come, first served basis.
Film Subjects Howard Lyman & Willow Jeane Lyman
Howard Lyman was a 4th generation farmer/rancher/feedlot operator from Montana who, together with his wife Willow Jeane, transformed the family farm into an agribusiness empire. Stricken by cancer at the height of his success, Howard came face to face with an undeniable reality. His way of life was not only jeopardizing his own health, it was destroying the vitality of the soil and the lives of thousands of animals.
Howard and Willow Jeane left their way of life behind to focus on alerting the public to the growing environmental crisis and the plight of the small family farmer. Howard would eventually become a world-renowned public speaker, author, and impassioned advocate for animals and the environment. Also known as the "mad cowboy," Howard was Oprah Winfrey's co-defendant in the highly publicized 1996 lawsuit which was pursued, unsuccessfully, by the National Cattleman's Beef Association.
Howard is the founder of Voice for a Viable Future, a non-profit organization that educates the public about organic family farming, biodiversity, vegetarianism, environmentally friendly practices, and enlightened trade. He is also the subject of two documentary films, Mad Cowboy and Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home.
Howard and Willow Jeane currently live in Ellensburg, Washington.
Filmmakers Jenny Stein
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. Stein (director) and LaVeck (producer) 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.
Festivals are saying...
“Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home truly is a journey of inspiration;
a journey to an enlightened consciousness.”
—Elizabeth English, Founder
Moondance International Film Festival
“I believe this important, groundbreaking film deserves the widest possible audience because of its potential to advance our understanding of the essential personhood of animals and our innate human capacity to relate to them with compassion, joy and respect.”
—Steve Grumette, Co-Founder
Ojai-Ventura International Film Festival
“Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is a grand wake up call... you would have to be so numb to not be affected by this film."
—Milissa Pacelli, Director
Peace on Earth Film Festival