The Ghosts in Our Machine. Documentary Film. 2013.
Jo-Anne McArthur with her dog.
Liz Marshall with her dog.
The Ghosts in Our Machine is the most recent doc from director, producer, and award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall, exploring the complex relationship between humans and animals. The film follows acclaimed photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur over the course of a year as she photographs several animal stories in Canada, the U.S. and in Europe. McArthur is a personal hero of mine, having dedicated her work to documenting the plight of animals. Her stunningly powerful photos and fearless yet sensitive approach to photojournalism sets the tone for this impactful film.
“With the exception of our companion animals and a few wild and stray species within our urban environments, we experience animals daily as the food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment we make of them. This moral dilemma is often hidden from our view (…) In essence, humans have categorized non-human animals into three parts: domesticated pets, wildlife, and the ones we don’t like to think about: the ghosts in our machine. Why do we value our companion animals but not the billions of animals bred and used by global industries? (…) Through story, sound and picture I hope people will see animals differently – forever. As consumers we can all make a difference for the ghosts, each and everyday”. – Liz Marshall
Considering these issues is part of a holistic approach to diet, health, and life. That said, I strongly encourage you to watch this relevant, educational and beautifully-crafted film.