The Ghosts in Our Machine

2013, Documentary, 1h 33m

11 Reviews 50+ Ratings

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Activist and photojournalist Jo-Ann McArthur uses her camera to document the plight of abused and exploited animals and advocate for their rights as sentient beings.

Cast & Crew

Temple Grandin
Voice
Lori Marino
Voice
Mila Aung-Thwin
Executive Producer
Bob Wiseman
Original Music
Liz Marshall
Cinematographer
Iris Ng
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Nick de Pencier
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John Price
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Critic Reviews for The Ghosts in Our Machine

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  • [Photojournalist Jo-Anne] Marshall works overtime...focusing tightly on the emotional lives of exploited animals as they plod through their miserable existences to slaughter.

    December 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • "Ghosts" is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population - what they owe us, what we owe them.

    November 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This is a film overflowing with passion and compassion but often lacking the intellectual detachment necessary to distill conviction into a rigorous argument.

    November 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Ghosts in Our Machine" is a compelling movie, but its argument expands without deepening.

    November 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A film whose sense of urgency and purpose is utterly engrossing.

    November 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Jo-Anne McArthur's cause draws sharp comparisons with the never-mentioned PETA, a seemingly insignificant omission that discloses a lingering problem of willful insularity.

    November 4, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Photojournalist Jo-Anne] Marshall works overtime...focusing tightly on the emotional lives of exploited animals as they plod through their miserable existences to slaughter.

    December 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • "Ghosts" is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population - what they owe us, what we owe them.

    November 14, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This is a film overflowing with passion and compassion but often lacking the intellectual detachment necessary to distill conviction into a rigorous argument.

    November 8, 2013 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • "The Ghosts in Our Machine" is a compelling movie, but its argument expands without deepening.

    November 7, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This sense of global shift-of an old world order being cleverly undermined by a newer, more compassionate one-permeates [Liz] Marshall's graphic, often upsetting meditation on how the animal kingdom is used and abused by humanity at large.

    August 11, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The subtle approach may not convert all carnivores, and you might not buy the premise that animals deserve equal rights with humans. But this is a superb example of committed filmmaking.

    June 1, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Ghosts in Our Machine

  • Sep 24, 2013
    Ghosts in Our Machine introduces the viewer to alternatives to mass food production showing humane slaughter facilities and rescues. It stops short however of taking the next logical step in making the viewer question meat eating in its entirety.
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