The Ghosts in Our Machine

Wed Aug 7 • 8:30pm

Ghosts in Our Machine
Trailer • Official Site • Review • Interview
Vancity Theatre (map) • Canada, 2013, 93 mins

♦ Q & A with filmmaker Liz Marshall via Skype ♦

SYNOPSIS: Are animals sentient beings, or are they property? Some we deem more sentient than others; and for many, well, it’s much easier not to think about what humans perpetrate on other species. Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur has made it her life’s work to challenge the widespread willful ignorance that allows animal abuse to carry on unchecked. For more than a decade Jo-Anne has travelled the world, putting herself at risk to document animals held in captivity to supply our food, clothing, scientific research, or simply our entertainment. Her photos are sometimes heartbreaking to see, but also often unexpectedly beautiful, always soulful, and inspiring.

The same could be said of Liz Marshall’s film, which gives a sense of the horrors humans inflict on animals, but also the immense spiritual bond which many of us feel for other living beings. Marshall (Water on the Table) and her collaborators have conjured hauntingly lovely images and sounds to make this something much more than agit-prop.

“A superb example of committed fimmaking.” 4 stars. Susan Cole, Now magazine

Liz Marshall – Director, Producer, Writer
Nina Beveridge – Producer

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Reel Causes partners with filmmakers and Canadian causes dedicated to addressing global social justice issues. We host film screenings followed by a Q&A session to educate and inspire our community, and provide a forum for authentic conversation aroundF the issues that affect us locally.

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