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Hailed by the New York Times as “Smart, sincere and affecting”


MINE is a documentary about the essential bond between humans and animals, set against the backdrop of one of the worst disasters in modern U.S. history. This gripping, character-driven story follows New Orleans residents as they attempt the daunting task of trying to reunite with their pets who have been adopted by families all over the country, and chronicles the custody battles that arise when two families love the same pet. Who determines the fate of the animals —and the people— involved? A compelling meditation on race, class and the power of compassion, MINE examines how we treat animals as an extension of how we view and treat each other.


Thursday
Mar172011

Dog refuses to abandon friend amidst the rubble in Japan

At once heartbreaking and beautiful, this video is a testiment to the loyalty and friendship a dog is capable of. It reminds me of images from our own Gulf Coast, post-Katrina, of animals who refused to leave their front porch as they awaited the return of their people.

*Update: CNN has reported that both dogs in the video have been rescued and are receiving veterinary care.

More posts to follow on what is being done to assist in the wake of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan and what you can do to help.

Here is an English translation of the voiceover exchange between the two reporters in the clip (translation courtesy of Toshiyuki Kitamura):

We are in Arahama area. Looks like there is a dog. There is a dog. He looks tired and dirty. He must have been caught in the tsunami. He looks very dirty.

He has a collar. He must be someone's pet. He has a silver collar. He is shaking. He seems very afraid.

Oh, there is another dog. I wonder if he is dead.

Where?

Right there. There is another dog right next to the one sitting down. He is not moving. I wonder. I wonder if he is alright.

The dog is protecting him.

Yes. He is protecting the dog. That is why he did not want us to approach them. He was trying to keep us at bay.

I can't watch this. This is a very difficult to watch.

Oh. Look. He is moving. He is alive. I am so happy to see that he is alive.

Yes! Yes! He is alive.

He looks to be weakened. We need to them to be rescued soon. We really want them rescued soon.

Oh good. He's getting up.

It is amazing how they survived the tremendous earthquake and tsunami. It's just amazing that they survived through this all.

Sunday
Jul182010

Help for Louisiana Pets Affected by Oil Disaster

The ongoing oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is having wide-ranging and severe impacts on families living in the region. Animal shelters are being overwhelmed by a tide of incoming animals, relinquished by families who are struggling to make ends meet. The Louisiana SPCA, in tandem with partner agencies, is offering free veterinary care including examinations, heartworm and feleuk/FIV tests, vaccinations, microchipping and spay/neuter surgery for qualified residents of Plaquemines, St. Bernard, Terrebone, and Jefferson parish that work within the fishing industry and who are in danger of relinquishing their pets. For more information on the program and how to get assistance, or how to donate, visit the LA-SPCA's Gulf Coast Companion Animal Relief Program site at http://la-spca.org/Page.aspx?pid=509 .

Thursday
Jul012010

MINE named Independent Lens 2010 Audience Favorite

At film festivals, the award that filmmakers most covet is the Audience Award. After all, these nonconventional filmmakers are telling stories not for fame or fortune, but to enlighten and entertain you — the audience.

After each Independent Lens television broadcast, the audience decides how a film measures up. At the end of each season, IL tallies the votes and honors one special film.

The filmmakers are thrilled to announce that MINE is the winner of the Audience Award for the 2009-2010 season of Independent Lens, and grateful for the incredibly receptive and passionate audience who voted for MINE as their favorite. Read more at PBS



Thursday
Jul012010

MINE named Independent Lens 2010 Audience Favorite

Tuesday
May042010

This is Who We Are

 

The Animal Legal Defense Fund's new video is one of the most powerful and effective animal rights messages I have ever seen. With striking and often disturbing visuals accompanied by bold text and a fantastic, slightly haunting track by Gomez, the video produced by See3 paints the picture of a stark and frightful landscape of institutionalized animal abuse that is permitted if not sanctioned by an archaic legal system. But this isn't an imagined world. This is the shameful reality of the state of animal welfare under our current laws. This 2-minute video asks the viewer to consider the question: Is this who we are?

It challenges us to look at our priorities and to recognize our personal responsibility as part of a society that spends $18 billion on coffee and virtually nothing to protect animals, and whose laws do not distinguish your pet from your couch. ALDF asserts that we are better than that - and I believe them. And if we indeed are better than abuse, torture, or say apathy and complicity, shouldn't we hold not only ourselves but our society to a higher ideal?

ALDF has been fighting to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system for more than three decades. They are a powerful force for change and an unwavering stand for justice. ALDF, This is who you've always been, and you are a source of inspiration to me.