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Films show at the Varsity Theatre (616 2nd Street) at 7:15pm in Davis, CA

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Wed., Nov. 3:   DOUBLE FEATURE

Taiji, Japan Dolphin slaughter footage
Speaker: Nik Hensey,  Sea Shepherd crew member, will show and discuss his documentation and obstruction of the Taiji dolphin slaughter. 

Lolita: A Slave to Entertainment
A disturbing look into the dark secrets of the multi-billion dollar aquarium industry. This grassroots independent documentary is about Miami's biggest performer, Lolita the killer whale, who is on display at the Miami Seaquarium. Through rare interviews and undercover footage viewers are dragged into the dark secrets of the multi-billion-dollar marine theme park industry and the life of Lolita who's been caught in a net of lies for three decades. 33 Film festivals and 9 awards including “Best Documentary” and “Audience Choice.” 

Sponsored by: Sea Shepherd


Tue., Nov. 9:    

Oregon Primate Research Center documentary
Speaker: Matt Rossell worked for over 2 years as a primate technician at the Oregon Regional Primate Research Center. His failed efforts to improve the conditions at this federally-funded lab led him to blow the whistle. He currently works for In Defense of Animals, Portland, OR


Wed., Dec. 1:   DOUBLE FEATURE 
When Pigs Cry
Viva! USA's short film that gives an undercover look into how pigs are raised for food in the U.S. 

More about Viva's campaign for pigs click here

The Witness
How does a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood become an impassioned animal activist? "The Witness is one man's truth that cries out for mass exposure... may be the most important and persuasive film about animals ever made" - Howard Rosenberg, LOS ANGELES TIMES

In the award-winning documentary THE WITNESS, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals, become a vegetarian, and ultimately, to bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York.

With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness, sharing along the way some of the shocking realities of the meat and fur industries.

Featuring the song "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan, this is a story of beauty and transcendence in the face of tragedy and despair.
24 film fests and 9 awards including “1st Place Advocacy/Public Policy” and “Best of Festival”
Montel Williams included a chapter on Eddie Lama, the subject of “The Witness,” in his  book “A Dozen Ways to Sunday: Stories of Hope and Courage.”

Sponsored by: The Fund for Animals


Wed., Dec 8:    DOUBLE FEATURE

The Emotional Lives of Farmed Animals
This companion film to Jeffrey Moussaieff Mason's latest book, The Pig who Sang to the Moon, offers an in depth look at the emotional lives of the sentient beings who exist primarily to become someone's dinner. Mason visited with animals living on farm sanctuaries like Animal Place in CA and Farm Sanctuary in NY and examines the changes that come over an animal who makes it from a factory farm to the safety of a sanctuary.

Peaceable Kingdom 
"PEACEABLE KINGDOM is a masterpiece. I hope it inspires growing numbers of people to support this desperately important cause." - Jane Goodall, Ph.D, D.B.E, U.N. Messenger of Peace

At a time when factory farming is in the headlines for putting the environment and public health at risk, Peaceable Kingdom takes its audience on an eye-opening journey to the heart of this unfolding national drama.

Propelled by the testimony of farmers who have themselves come to question the fundamental assumptions behind their community's way of life, the film delivers a riveting portrait of human and animal lives caught up in an out of control industrial machine.

Much more than an exposé, Peaceable Kingdom is about personal redemption, commitment, healing and hope, offering a life-changing vision of a peaceful world that is well within our reach.

Special guest speakers.


The AR Film Fest is brought to you by Viva!USA  and  S.T.A.R.,
Students Together For Animal Rights (a registered UC Davis student group)

Call (530) 759-VIVA or visit www.vivausa.org for more information


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