**Please Note: This film includes some footage of injustices being done to animals. These scenes are presented in a sensitive manner and are a necessary part of telling a story which is ultimately inspiring. The film's trailer, below, offers a very realistic impression of the overall experience of watching the film. **
Best Feature Documentary, Moondance Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize, Canada International Film Festival
Audience Award, Environmental Film Festival at Yale
Best Feature Documentary, Peace on Earth Film Festival
Audience Award, Berkshire International Film Festival
Tribe of Heart's work is also recognized beyond the independent film community for its contribution to the public's understanding of the ethics of the human-animal relationship, with endorsements from Dr. Jane Goodall, The United Federation of Teachers, and the California Teachers Association.
Open your eyes. Trust your heart. Take the journey. Five farmers, a humane officer, an animal rescuer, and a cow named Snickers will make you laugh and cry, expand your consciousness, and challenge your ideas about animal farming. A riveting story of transformation and healing, this award-winning documentary explores the struggle of conscience experienced by several people from traditional farming backgrounds who are now questioning the basic assumptions of their inherited way of life. A Michigan beef farmer, a Montana ranching couple, and a New England couple who started a goat dairy together acknowledge some of the amazing connections they have shared with animals under their care, while revealing the social and economic pressures that led to their inner conflict. Interwoven with the farmers' stories is the dramatic animal rescue work of a newly-trained humane police officer in rural Pennsylvania, whose sense of justice puts her at odds with the law she is charged to uphold. With strikingly honest interviews and rare footage demonstrating the emotional lives and intense family bonds of farm animals, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, the animals themselves. A favorite of both audiences and film festival juries, many viewers describe this inspiring documentary as a â€œlife changing experience. (Dir. by Jenny Stein, 2009, USA, 78 mins., NR) Digital