About the film...
Watch a preview of Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home
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
Video highlights from
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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NEXT Theatre is located on the first floor of the Noyes Cultural Arts Center at 927 Noyes Street in Evanston, IL.
Map & Directions
PARKING: Metered parking is available in a lot adjacent to the Noyes Cultural Arts Center with additional free parking in a large lot behind the Evanston Civic Center, one block south on Ridge Avenue.
TICKETS can be purchased at the venue on the day of the screening 30 minutes before the first show of that day begins. You can also purchase tickets in advance, however please be aware that tickets sold in advance are not designated for any particular film at the festival, so seating will still be on a first come, first served basis.
About 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.”
About the festival...
The Talking Pictures Festival engages audiences with high caliber independent films that are challenging, intriguing, entertaining and prompt the viewer to think outside the box.
This year's offerings explore such ecclectic topics as "the dark side of wind energy," "the hidden story of lyme disease," "speed grieving," "morphing your car into a mobile work of art," "a fun take on Japanese youth culture," and many more.
The Talking Pictures Festival runs May 6-9 in Evanston, IL. Don't miss it!
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
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