onsdag 27 januari 2016

What The Health

From the filmmakers of Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret a new film is in production. It's called What The Health.

Watch the video below to get more info about What The Health and be sure to watch it until the end because the filmmakers Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn have an important message.

You can support it on Indiegogo.

To me this seems to be a very important and interesting documentary that I'm looking forward to watching.

What The Health Indiegogo

Food, Inc.

Another day, another documentary! Today I'm focusing on a film that was released some years ago and that didn't make the cut when I first found it. But things change, and so do I. Today let's talk a little about Food, Inc., shall we?

Food, Inc. from 2008 is not a new discovery for me I noticed it on the Internet several years ago but didn't find it interesting enough. And that is because it's not a documentary that focus on the animals in the sense that the animals are individuals that should have rights. 

So if you only want to watch animal rights movies this one might not suit you. And a small warning: there are a few distressing scenes including one where hens are being killed, when I saw it - well I did look away but I did listen to it - I could really hear their anxiety as they shouted out in protest and for mercy. For me that was not pleasant, and the movie continued without any comments about it. As if it was "natural".

Otherwise it's an interesting documentary. It shows us some of the things that big agriculture companies - like Monsanto - doesn't want us to know. And it is about consumer power, in the movie they say "you have the power" and "you can change the world with every bite". Sure the power we have as consumers is big, however I think more than that is needed. The large agriculture companies should be under national and international laws just a people are under laws. These companies should not be able to do what ever they want.

Finally, watch Food, Inc. if you want to know more about agriculture, consumer power and public health in the USA.

Food, Inc. | Film Trailer | Participant Media

torsdag 21 januari 2016

Fast Food Nation

A few days ago I created a post about the feature film Bold Native - a movie with animal rights and direct action in its plot. Today I want to share another movie that's not a documentary with you!

I watched a movie called Fast Food Nation a few years ago together with friends from an animal rights group here in Lund (in Sweden). We had a bunch of gatherings with watching movies - with some kind of animal rights theme - on the agenda. Watching these movies together was nice.

So, what did I think of Fast Food Nation? Well first of all it is an interesting film. It reminds me a little bit of the movie Erin Brockovich in the way that it is also being about a person on a quest for knowledge and justice. Where Erin brings down a power company accused of polluting a city's water supply Fast Food Nation's protagonist Don Anderson tries to find out what is going on behind the scenes of the meat industry.

Fast Food Nation isn't very much about animal rights, but I think it can give its viewers an insight in the meat industry and I think that insights like that is worth a lot.

Fast Food Nation was released in 2006 and is partly written by Eric Schlosser who also has written the book Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal.

*New* Fast Food Nation Trailer

söndag 17 januari 2016

Bold Native: Animal Rights And Direct Action

If you prefer watching feature films instead of documentaries here's one with animal rights in the plot.

You can find many documentaries on this blog, but the feature films are a bit rare. So here's one from the action, adventure, drama and comedy genres called Bold Native. It was released in 2010.

Some of the main characters in the movie are animal rights activists that are in an activist cell using direct action. The activist cell is called Bold Native, so that's where the movie title comes from. Find more info about direct action here. In the animal rights circles I've been in direct action is debated, some argue for and some against. And only a few use this way of trying to make a difference for animals.

Well anyhow, a few more words about the movie. When I watched it I found it giving a complex picture of animal rights activism and direct action. I also found it thrilling. I recommend Bold Native especially if you like the trailer. You can watch the full movie on its website.

Bold Native trailer

Project Nim

Project Nim was a science project that started in the 1970s, including a chimpanzee and some humans. The people behind the science project aimed to understand what would happen if the chimpanzee lived in a human family.

Find more info on HBO's site here and in Swedish on SVT's site here.

Project Nim Trailer 2011 HD

lördag 16 januari 2016

"February, The Fear Of Spanish Greyhounds" A Documentary About Greyhounds In Spain

This is a short post about the documentary February, the fear of Spanish greyhounds

The movie is also known by its original title in Spanish Febrero, el miedo de los galgos. You can watch the full documentary with English subtitles via its website

Trailer for documentary February

onsdag 13 januari 2016

Unlocking The Cage: Trailer And Intro

The wait is over... the trailer for the movie Unlocking The Cage has been released!

And not only the trailer but also the opening three minutes of the documentary. Watch the videos and share them in social media, this film can become something big! Because it is an important movie.

In Unlocking The Cage we get to follow Steven M. Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project as they represent animals in court, trying to make sure that a few nonhuman individuals get legal rights. 

Unlocking The Cage 30s Trailer

Unlocking The Cage - Opening of film

I'm excited about this documentary, are you?

tisdag 12 januari 2016

Sustainable Positive Activism And Avoiding Burnout

Being a sustainable activist, meaning taking good care of oneself while being involved in some kind of social justice movement, is very important. To listen to our body and mind and to respect one’s boundaries can be difficult for emphatic people when witnessing an injustice. As an effect burnout is not uncommon among activists.

The idea of writing this post came to me when I was watching the video I've embedded below. In the video animal advocate and psychologist Melanie Joy talks about sustainable activism. If you are interested in mental and physical health and being involved in animal activism or other kinds of social justice issues, then I think Melanie Joy's presentation can be very interesting to you.

Melanie Joy - Sustainable activism: How to Be More Effective and Fulfilled (IARC 2015)

In the video above Melanie Joy mentions a few books:

  • Strategic Action for Animals: A Handbook on Strategic Movement Building, Organizing, and Activism for Animal Liberation Strategic Action For Animals is written by Melanie Joy and its title says a lot. If you want to get to know more about its topics for example well being for activists then I recommend this book. You can find it on Amazon.com.
  • Messages: The Communication Skills Book
    This book is written by Matthew McKay, Martha Davis and Patrick Fanning. It can help you improve your communication skills. Find it on Amazon.com.
  • Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others
    This book is written by Laura van Dernoot Lipsky and Connie Burk, and this is also a book I recommend. If you live in Lund, Sweden, I know that this book is available in the city library. Otherwise you can find more info on traumastewardship.com

Trauma Stewardship - Rörelse för djurrätt

If you want more information about Laura van Dernoot Lipsky, one of the writers of Trauma Stewardship, then watch this video in which she speaks of her experiences from being an activist. It's very interesting!

Beyond the Cliff | Laura van Dernoot Lipsky | TEDxWashingtonCorrectionsCenterforWomen

Another book about activism and health I'm thinking of is Hillary Rettig's The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way. If it sounds interesting to you Hillary Rettig's website lifelongactivist.com is a great resource. Among other translations you can find Malte Lindstam's translation to Swedish there, more exactly here.

As a last part of this post I want to tell you about something that happened a few years ago.

Nonviolent Communication

In 2012, when Melanie Joy visited Stockholm, Sweden and a conference held by Animal Rights Sweden (In Swedish: Djurens Rätt) she was asked a question on how to communicate with people that respond to us in a negative way without responding in a negative way back to them.

In Joy's answer she mentioned Nonviolent Communication (NVC) also known as Compassionate Communication, Collaborative Communication and in Swedish Giraffspråket. 

Nonviolent Communication was developed in the 1960s by psychologist Marshall Rosenberg and has been used in many areas of conflict like Rwanda, Burundi, Sri Lanka, Israel, Palestine and Nigeria as a way of communicating more positive and constructive.

I think this technique of communicating can be really helpful to create a better communication among people not only for activists. The video below by Brian Johnson explains NVC. Read more about how NVC works here.

Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Watch this one of three videos with Marshall Rosenberg himself to get a wider picture of his perspective and Nonviolent Communication.

Nonviolent Communication Part 1 Marshall Rosenberg

To get more information about sustainable activism, burnout and support check out this, this, this, this and this link! I hope this post will be helpful to you. Take care!