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F. Young Says, in 1-18-2010 at 00:56:32 from     

NOT well done at all. I was looking for a movie to show friends, family, or co-workers who showed interest in vegetarianism or veganism who didn’t want to read a book. This is NOT the one to show them. Earthlings, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, IS the one to show them. It is also not of use to buy just for yourself, because if you are like most vegetarians or vegans, you chose this lifestyle because you already know what goes on – everything covered in the video will be boring review. If I had the choice again, I would definitely not buy this movie.
Rating: 1 / 5

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PJ Says, in 1-18-2010 at 01:36:18 from     

One of the most disturbing, but best films I’ve ever seen. A person would have to be emotionally stunted not to feel something watching this movie. If I had the money, I’d buy a copy of it for every person in this country. It would definitely change the way a lot of things are done in this country.

It’s definitely hard to watch. It was played in one of my classes and several people had to leave the room because they couldn’t watch it. The scene where he was driving through the city in his van with the video playing, that’s what really got me. I don’t cry very often, and definitely not in public, but that just about had me bawling. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room when the video ended (even among the ‘tough’ guys). It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, at times it’s truly painful, but it’s worth seeing.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Devin Listrom Says, in 1-18-2010 at 04:21:35 from     

The Witness is a life changing film, and I know some of the footage is not pleasant, but that is what wakes people up !! Because of Tribe of heart films, my life changed in one evening, and now I am a voice for those who don’t have one. The Witness is hosted by Eddie Lamma who takes you on a journey through the film, and he is with you the whole time, and shares his story of transformation, from a meat eating, and chaine smoking backgroung who also grew up in the Bronx, baby sits a cat for a girl who he hoped to get a date with, but ended up having his heart touched by the cat, and saw that the cat was a living being with feelings. You can also meet Eddie at his sancuray called Oasis Sanctuary. Eddie shows you how he is working towards exposing the fur industry, educating the public on where fur products come from and how the animals are treated. Most people have no idea how animals are really treated, because these cruel practices are kept away from public view. I urge everyone to buy this film now! People like Eddie are also facing a bill called the “Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act”, which prevents people from boycotting and protesting against animal cruelty! So say NO to this bill and buy The Witness. This film also includes the hit song “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan from the album “Surfacing”.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Alicia Baker Says, in 1-18-2010 at 04:44:01 from     

Artist Peter Max says, “A short film with a big heart”

LOS ANGELES TIMES heralds “unique, indelible 43-minute documentary”

The Witness tells the inspiring and life-affirming story of Eddie Lama, a tough construction contractor from Brooklyn whose life went from one of despair and hopelessness to one of compassion and service after a chance encounter with a kitten. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist of the Los Angeles Times, Howard Rosenberg, said: “The Witness is one man’s truth that cries out for mass exposure,” which accounts for its extraordinary support from everyday people who have thus far held more than 150 community screenings in 42 states, in venues ranging from libraries and churches to college campuses and movie theatres, often with theatre owners donating the space for the events.

Lama is a 2001 recipient of the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award. Past honorees have included Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. Peace Abbey award presenter Mary Margaret Earl stated, “Eddie is a living miracle. A regular guy from Brooklyn — who works construction and [babysat] his first cat to get a date — has become a hero for the two-footed as well as the four-footed. He is inspiring others to follow their own conscience and change the world too.”

Lama’s remarkable change in consciousness is the basis of the film’s ability to touch people of all ages and backgrounds. “In my lifetime, I have been both the oppressor and the oppressed, both the fomenter of discord and the advocate for peace, both the perpetrator and the victim,” said Lama, as he accepted the Courage of Conscience Award. “But most significantly, I have been both the silence and the voice. It is the human voice that is the primary tool for change.”

The Witness was produced by James LaVeck and directed by Jenny Stein, Co-founders of Tribe of Heart. Based in Ithaca, NY, Tribe of Heart is a non-profit organization that produces films and educational programs that empower the efforts of people who wish to teach compassion in their communities.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Tammy Says, in 1-18-2010 at 06:01:41 from     

Eddie Lama, the subject of this documentary, is a middle-aged concrete and aluminum contractor who grew up on the tough streets of Brooklyn. As a child he never had a pet; his parents taught him that animals are dirty. His attitudes changed when he reluctantly agreed to take care of a pretty woman’s kitten, hoping to get a date. His heart went out to the animal and nothing in his life would ever be the same again. Eddie began to rescue cats from the street. Mo Mo, one of these, compelled him to give up a two-pack-a-day cigarette habit when he noticed how small the animals’ lungs must be and how it couldn’t escape his secondhand smoke.

But it was the viewing of several undercover films about the trapping and cruel treatment of animals in the fur industry that convinced Eddie to begin a crusade to educate the public about this travesty. He equipped a van with a television monitor and drove through the streets of New York while playing videos of animals in traps and being caged and killed in fur farms. The pictures of pedestrians reacting to the torture and torment of animals are quite moving. Eddie Lama also founded Oasis, a sanctuary for unwanted and abandoned animals, that also is a shelter for homeless people.

Let The Witness from filmmakers James LaVeck and Jenny Stein open your heart. It is easily the most touching and best film I have every seen.
Rating: 5 / 5

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