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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Ghosts Media Inc.
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: Yes

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

Written and directed by Liz Marshall, Featuring photographer Jo-Anne McArthur
, Produced by Nina Beveridge & Liz Marshall

Produced in association with documentary

"Give Up The Ghost" by Radiohead
DVD has two versions: 92 minutes and 60 minutes -

MASTERFUL - James Cromwell, Actor;
FINELY WROUGHT - Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times;
COMPELLING - David DeWitt, The New York Times;
UTTERLY ENGROSSING - Earnest Hardy, Village Voice;
**** (4 STARS) - Susan G. Cole, NOW Magazine.

Recommended for Grades 8-12, College / University and Adult.

With the exception of our companion animals and a few wild and stray species within our urban environments, we experience animals daily only as the food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment we make of them. This moral dilemma is often hidden from our view.

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. Through the heart and photographic lens of acclaimed photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we become intimately familiar with a cast of non-human animals. The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in parts of Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. Each story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and Research.

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid.  Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?

“The connection that I have to animals while I’m photographing them is one of empathy.  There is a huge mistreatment and inequality between human and non-human animals, and that’s always in the forefront of my mind”. - Jo-Anne McArthur

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE – Interactive is a cinematic online companion to the documentary. A full-screen click-through narrative experience follows protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur through the pages of her photo-journal that she is busily compiling throughout the film.

"Fox fur farm". Photo © The Ghosts In Our Machine / We Animals.
 


Awards:
Top Ten Audience Favourite Award, Hot Docs Film Festival
Best Nature/Environment Golden Sheaf Award, Yorkton Film Festival
Special Jury Prize – International Competition, DMZ Docs
Best Canadian Feature, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival
Green Screen Award, 2nd place, Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival
Top Twenty Audience Favourite Award, IDFA.
Compassion for Animals Award to Liz Marshall & Jo-Anne McArthur,
Toronto Vegetarian Association

Nominations:
Best Director, Yorkton Film Festival;
Shortlist for the International LUSH Prize.
 
Screened at the following festivals:
2013
Hot Docs Film Festival, Toronto
DOXA Film Festival, Vancouver
Yorkton Film Festival, Saskatchewan
Planete DOC Film Festival, Warsaw
DMZ Film Festival, South Korea
Planet In Focus Environmental Film Festival, Toronto
IDFA, Amsterdam
Mostra Animal Festival, Brazil

2014
DocPoint, Helsinki, Finland; DocPoint Tallin, Estonia

 


Links:
www.theghostsinourmachine.com/
- Film's Website

www.theghostsinourmachine.com/interactive/ - Film's Interactive Site -
THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE – Interactive is a cinematic online companion to the documentary. A full-screen click-through narrative experience follows protagonist Jo-Anne McArthur through the pages of her photo-journal that she is busily compiling throughout the film.

www.facebook.com/TheGhostsInOurMachine
@GhostsMovie

www.criticalanimalstudies.org/


Related Documents:
The Ghosts in Our Machine Study Guide

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