2009 · Unrated · 1h 18m
A riveting story of transformation and healing, Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.
Presented through a woven tapestry of memories, music, and breathtaking accounts of life-altering moments, the film provides insight into the farmers’ sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also making clear the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led them to their present dilemma.
Interwoven with the farmers’ stories is the dramatic animal rescue work of a newly-trained humane police officer whose sense of justice puts her at odds with the law she is charged to uphold.
With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves.
About the Filmmakers
Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home was produced by James LaVeck and directed by Jenny Stein. Find out more about the film at peaceablekingdom.org.
“Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is beautifully filmed, filled with gorgeous views of rural scenes and sweet animals. The movie interweaves the stories of people who used to raise animals for profit, then was profoundly transformed by the animals themselves. The film’s human stars and animal stars can both bring you to the realization that the greatest role of chickens, pigs, goats, cows, sheep, and turkeys in your life are as loving companions, with their own fascinating lives and deep love to share. The scene of the mother sheep and lambs reuniting is alone worth getting the movie for. Please open your heart and reconnect to your own most fundamental feelings by watching this film. Share the lives of the movie’s human and animal stars as they speak not just in words, but in emotions and actions.” – Janice Stanger, Amazon
“Very well done and factual. You can’t argue with facts! I really enjoyed the focus on the farmer’s transformations. Howard Lyman is a powerful speaker and Harold Brown’s story about Snickers was so poignant I can’t get it out of my head. I learned some new info about sources of dog food and how much chemicals are used in animal agriculture. It’s amazing that anything produced by such means could be on a “paleo” diet follower’s plate! This documentary is about agribusiness, a small portion covers slaughter. I think it is suitable for everyone. Watching this will help strengthen one’s resolve to make wiser decisions about what you want to support.” – Callan, Amazon
“I loved this film because it shows how much farm animals are like us. They grieve for their young when separated from them, show excitement when pleased, and they become attached to humans and members of their own species. There is a memorable scene when a sheep literally jumps for joy and does a little dance when seeing green grass which had not been available for a long time. There are some graphic scenes of animals in inhumane circumstances enduring pain, panic, and fear. The film makes a clear point that animals are individuals and should be treated with respect. It is hard to see the suffering, but heart warming to see their delightful behavior. Forks Over Knives gives the reasons we should eat a whole foods vegan diet for health. This film shows why we should do it for the animals.” – Janice Clark, Amazon
“I’m not usually one to be moved by any piece of film but this was so authentic, honest and well-made that I felt really touched. It is so informative and it’s priceless hearing from real people who have lived the experiences and can explain and convey their thoughts so clearly. I would recommend this to anyone and I am striving to get everyone I know to watch. It’s not as well known as other films but it is up there with the best animal rights documentaries. Perfect, love it, share it!” – John, Amazon
“As an avid animal lover, I truly appreciate films that show facts regarding the ways that animals are actually being treated in today’s society. There are many films out there of this genre, however this one is unique in that it brings to light the opinions of former farmers and agribusiness men and women and the relationships that they developed with the very animals they were raising for income purposes. It is an inspiring, heartwarming, and powerful film that I believe everyone should see. It is fact-based and shows both sides of the story behind the agriculture industry and the treatment of animals. Absolutely love this film and encourage people of all walks of life to see this and let this film leave a positive mark on your life and in your hearts.” – Lauren, Amazon
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Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home is available exclusively through The Global Tribal Cinema for free online viewing in five different languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish.
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