About the film...
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."
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
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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Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home will be shown at Yale University's Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street in New Haven, CT. The event is free. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
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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.
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.”
About the festival...
The Environmental Film Festival at Yale is a sustainable event sponsored by the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. It showcases the arts through incisive, cutting edge films that raise awareness of environmental and related social issues.
“Our hope is to serve as a ‘call to action’ in some cases,” says Eric Destanik, the festival's Executive Director. “And in other cases to at least strengthen people’s appreciation of the world in which we live."
Highlights of this year's festival include a screening of the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, and an evening with legendary news anchor Dan Rather, who will discuss his career, thoughts on journalism today, and the role of media in speaking truth to power.
The Environmental Film Festival at Yale will be held April 6-11 in New Haven, CT.