Film Guide 2018

Section
Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights

The Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights program provides a platform for filmmakers to share stories of inspiration and tools for creating a safe and humane world for animals by bringing together animal advocacy, environmental and social justice issues. The films in this program seek to arouse respect for the dignity and rights of all living beings and to encourage dialogue about how we treat and view animals as a community. The Zelda Penzel Giving Voice to the Voiceless Award is presented to a film in this section that inspires compassion and compels social change by raising public awareness about the rights of animals and their moral and ethical treatment. The Award is accompanied by a $2,500 cash prize.

THE CAT RESCUERS

2018 Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights | documentary feature | 87 min World Premiere Throughout the United States, an estimated 40 million cats live abandoned without a home, with over 500,000 stray or feral cats roaming the streets of New York City alone. In an effort to counter th …

Directed by Rob Fruchtman, Steven Lawrence

FOR THE BIRDS

2018 Compassion, Justice & Animal Rights | documentary feature | 92 min East Coast Premiere One day on her property in upstate New York, Kathy Murphy finds a duckling in her yard and decides to take it in. A decade later, her (and her husband’s) home is overrun with over 200 fostered bir …

Directed by Richard Miron