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New Documentary Features Animal Rights Philosophers

You are probably familiar with Peter Singer and Martha Nussbaum. They’ve helped shape the philosophy behind animal rights and the discussion of the issues in the mainstream press. And they’ve never relied on ads involving sexy ladies and produce to get their message out there (I’m not judging… just sayin’). So how exciting that both of these philosophers, along with a handful of other major brainiacs, appear in the compelling new film Examined Life by Astra Taylor.

Astra has acknowledged that animal rights is what got her into philosophy initially, and that it progressed into her making this documentary. In Examined Life, which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, Astra accompanies some of today’s most influential thinkers on a series of unique excursions through places and spaces that hold particular resonance for them and their ideas.

Astra’s sister is the artist Sunaura Taylor, who was recently profiled in Veg News, as some of her paintings focus on the experiences of animals in factory farms.

I’ve seen the film and recommend it. It offers a heady couple of hours, and while it certainly challenged my brain (the urge to run home and watch The Office reruns was overwhelming at first), it left me feeling like the time I had spent absorbing all the ideas in the film was time spent wisely.

Examined Life opens theatrically in NYC Feb 25 at the IFC Center and in San Francisco at the Sundance Kabuki Cinema on March 6 (along with many other dates around North America). Also–shameless plug alert–I can’t resist mentioning that a companion book to the film will be published in June.

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    The book Nourishing Traditions showed up as an ad on this page while I was looking… lol!