The Ghosts in Our Machine sensitively exposes a dramatic reality largely hidden from our view: the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world. The visually arresting, consciousness-raising film follows McArthur across the U.S., Canada and Europe as she documents the stories of animals used for food, clothing, entertainment and biomedical research. Through her photographs, the film addresses a haunting moral dilemma: are non-human animals property to be owned, or sentient beings deserving of rights?
In addition to the “ghosts” trapped within the cogs of our voracious consumer world, Marshall and McArthur introduce us to animals rescued and freed from it: Sonny, a rescued veal calf; Fanny, a dairy cow; Maggie and Abbey, beagles saved from animal experimentation.
McArthur has investigated and documented the plight of animals in captivity around the world – a “war photographer” in an unseen and often intentionally ignored war on animals – for her epic photo project We Animals.
Marshall’s manner of fusing social and environmental justice themes with character-driven storytelling comes from her heart for issues that really matter, and often go unnoticed. She has been responsible for 11 documentaries dealing with animal rights issues, HIV and AIDS in Africa, sweatshop labor, journalists and writers dealing with censorship, and children that have been affected by war.
The Ghosts In Our Machine received critical acclaim from The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, and many more.
“I can’t imagine anyone not feeling moved during Ghosts,” said David DeWitt of The New York Times.
“This is a masterful film. It should be essential viewing for everyone,” said James Cromwell.
Along with glowing reviews and multiple awards, The Ghosts In Our Machine opened to sold-out dates in Los Angeles and New York in 2013 and made the master list of Oscar-qualifying documentaries.
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