The Ghosts In Our Machine

Farm Sanctuary

THE GHOSTS IN OUR MACHINE takes viewers on a journey of discovery, revealing an often hidden story of animal suffering across the globe and across industries. Through stark and powerful images, capturing real moments in time and a tragic enduring reality, the film brings us into the space of this suffering. We follow Jo-Anne McArthur on a series of bold investigations as an activist and artist. Alongside her, we find that a wall is removed and a painful truth revealed. At Farm Sanctuary, we champion Jo-Anne’s courage to bring the faces of these individual animals into the light, into view, so that the public might begin to understand their plight and advocate for their protection. The most powerful ambassadors of all are the animals. When we look into the eyes of the other, we have a sense of knowing—of feeling and understanding the other. Jo’s camera carries us great distances to places, and individual animals, whose eyes look back at us—asking for our help. Two cows raised in the dairy industry did just that. They were left for dead at an auction, discarded because they were too weak and sick to be of value to the food industry. Farm Sanctuary’s National Shelter Director Susie Coston rescued these two individuals, and Jo and the Ghosts team documented their suffering and unspeakable neglect, and rehabilitation at Farm Sanctuary, as a featured story in the film. Their deep brown eyes speak volumes. Today they are ambassadors for all cows, and they live at Farm Sanctuary’s New York shelter, inspiring countless human animals to love and care for cows and all farm animals.

Thank you, Jo, Liz, Nina, and the entire Ghosts team for your vision, passion, and bold work to bring the ghosts to life and darkness to light.”

Farm Sanctuary
Photo courtesy of Jo-Anne McArthur

Farm Sanctuary was founded in 1986 to combat the abuses of factory farming and encourage a new awareness and understanding about farm animals. Today, Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and most effective farm animal rescue and protection organization. We have rescued thousands of animals and cared for them at our sanctuaries in Watkins Glen, New York; Northern California (Orland); and the Los Angeles area. At Farm Sanctuary, these animals are our friends, not our food, and visitors have the chance to meet farm animals face-to-face, often for the first time. We educate millions of people about their plight and the effects of factory farming on our health and environment. We advocate for laws and policies to prevent suffering and promote compassion, and we reach out to legislators and businesses to bring about institutional reforms.

Through rescue, education, and advocacy, Farm Sanctuary works to protect farm animals from cruelty, change the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.

Please join us. Visit us at to get involved today. A compassionate world begins with you!

Read our Interview with Farm Sanctuary.


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