Make The Connection

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Official film description...

Narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the line, Gladiator), Earthlings is a feature-length documentary about humankind's absolute economic dependence on animals raised as pets, food, clothing, entertainment and for scientific research. Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices at some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, Earthlings is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals and human economic interests.

Notes on the film...

EARTHLINGS is an extremely shocking and disturbing film. It is not uncommon for viewers to vomit and cry during the screening and to suffer sleepless nights afterwards. Nevertheless, we have decided to list it here. It is one of the most important films we know, and it shows, without any filter or sense of obligation to the truth, the relationship humankind has to the ‘resource’ called animals. The film is deeply shocking and full of unbearable suffering. Many of the images have never been seen before, not even in other films about atrocities to animals such as The Cove. However, everyone we know who has seen the film was thankful to have done so. EARTHLINGS is neither sensationalist nor activist in its approach, and it is not deliberately shocking. The wonderful soundtrack (Moby) seeks to make the barbarism more bearable. The film is unhurried, leaves the audience time to think and is well structured.
DVDs (to pass on to family and friends!) are on sale, but the film can also be seen online (see below).
It is essential that we ask ourselves repeatedly and in all honesty whether we treat the other inhabitants of our planet with all possible respect. This is the clear message EARTHLINGS conveys with uncompromising directness.

Further reviews...

Sean Karlin, Greenpeace

“Viewers will never be the same.”
Carly Harrill, 944 Magazine

“For those who watch Earthlings , the world will never be the same.”
Tom Regan, author A Case For Animal Rights

“Earthlings is the single most powerful movie I have ever known.”
Robert Cohen,

“Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most. For every one person who sees Earthlings, they will tell three.” – Joaquin Phoenix, actor/narrator.

IMDb User-Rating: 8.7/10

Technical information and screening rights...

Director: Joaquin Phoenix
Release Date: 2005
Run Time: 95 minutes
Language (Audio): English
Language (Subtitles): English, German, Spanish, French, Polsh, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Hindi, Arabic

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Clothing IndustrialAgriculture Meat Veganism


entertainment value

scientificity+ journalistic quality

Transfer of a momentum

Picture, music, craftsmanship

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