The Three Stages of Truth?Posted: 10 February 2011
A friend of mine sent me the link to this extraordinary film documentary about animal rights, which I saw for the first time today and felt compelled to share. Earthling’s publicity material states;
EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs.
The film is narrated by Academy Award® nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world. “Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.”
You can watch the full documentary for free at http://www.earthlings.com/.
I’m not going to write a full review of Earthlings, as there really is not a lot I can say. This is an extremely disturbing and incredibly powerful piece of filmmaking which admittedly takes a strong stomach to watch, but presents some very important issues which should be out in the open.
All the same, I wonder about the percentage of propaganda in Earthlings. There must be an opposite argument to this issue. I know the issues of animal cruelty and veganism are connected; but I get the feeling that it is being insinuated by the filmmakers that being a meat-eater means you’re automatically a supporter of animal cruelty. Clearly that’s not the case. As the film is quite obviously a film produced by vegans and starring a vegan – it’s not going to be a balanced discussion of the issue and shouldn’t be treated as one.
I’m not a vegan and have no intention of becoming one as a result of watching this film. Nevertheless, I would love to see answering arguments to this, and am wondering what other people think about it – propaganda, or no?
Photo credit: Screenshot from Earthlings.com