The Ghosts In Our Machine


Photos courtesy of Cameron MacLennan
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival. Toronto. April 28th, 2013.

Dr. Theodora Capaldo introduced the film: 

Naturalist Henry Beston said “They are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life”. Because of the brave, caring spirits of two remarkable women, Liz Marshall and JoAnne McArthur, you are about to impart on a journey to some of the lands these beings of other nations inhabit.

Marshall and McArthur’s stories are brilliantly woven as a mirror within a mirror within a mirror: we will see what the animals see, what Mc Arthur sees, and the overarching vision of what Marshall sees in them. It is rare these days to be allowed truth without make up. Today is one of those days. 
This journey will be taken on the power of the visual and spoken word, through which your senses will allow you to almost reach beyond film and touch each animal you meet.

You will travel into the bodies and souls of other species caught in the net of industrial machinery. Ghosts will bring many of us to our knees in solidarity with the whispered prayers of the animals — the film hits its mark again and again, and you may just find yourself rising from your knees in sparked desire to stand and do something. 

Dr. Theodora Capaldo
President, New England Anti-Vivisection Society