I feel lucky to live in Los Angeles. It is, if you are a vegan, one of the best places you can call home. Not only do we have an abundance of vegan restaurants, we also have a lot of vegan celebrities. And since we, as a society, seam to really care what celebrities are trending towards, vegan celebrities are the best! Before I moved to L.A. I would see all these animals rights events happening and maybe due to selective recognition it always seamed to be happening in NYC or L.A. Now, I am here and I am taking advantage of it all… That reminds me… Can’t wait for next year’s Vegan Beer Fest!
One event I was particularly excited about was the theatrical release of The Ghosts in Our Machine. So I got tickets to the Los Angeles premier and took my non-vegan husband to watch what I believe is one of the most important movies of the year. Movies like The Ghosts in Our Machine and Blackfish make me very hopeful for the future of animal rights. Now, there’s always gonna be haters but when I hear friends who might as well be lobbyist for the meat industry – judging by their reaction to the word vegan – talk about Blackfish and how impacted they were by it… well, it gives me hope.
What makes The Ghosts in Our Machine so special to me is that this movie is not an animal rights movie per se. It is more of a moving portrait of award-winning photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur. Through her photography Jo-Ann has been capturing the relationship between human and non-human animals for over ten years. Now weather it was Liz Marshall’s (she is the phenomenal director) intention or not, presenting a story from this perspective makes it impossible to find the “preachy” undertone in this movie that many non-vegans are so turned off by (I get it, I don’t like to be told what to do either). This movie is about a woman and her passion, her mission to save the world. But if you follow her on her journey, you might just get some insight on why some people feel so urgently about these issues that they are willing to risk their freedom or even their lives.
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Here is the trailer: