Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home explores the powerful struggle of conscience experienced by several people from traditional farming backgrounds who come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life. This struggle carries out in the minds of visitors to the farm sanctuary. A riveting story of transformation and healing, the documentary portrays the farmers’ sometimes amazing connections with the animals under their care, while also providing insight into the complex web of social, psychological and economic forces that have led to their inner conflict.

Interwoven with the farmers’ stories is the dramatic animal rescue work of a newly-trained humane police officer. Her 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 animals most often viewed as living commodities, this groundbreaking documentary shatters stereotypical notions of farmers, farm life, and perhaps most surprisingly, farm animals themselves.

When people visit the sanctuary, they meet animals in new ways. Most people don’t meet animals socially. However, in the animal sanctuary, animals live free and enjoy their days. This changes the view that most people may already have of animals. In order to effectively change people’s relationships with animals, something drastically different needs to happen. Through the sanctuary, people learn about the complex emotional lives of animals and what it means to be free.

69 Minutes / 2004 / Directed by Jenny Stein

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