Films are one of the most powerful ways in which a message can reach a wide audience.
CSAP tries to bring as many films and documentaries on animal-related issues to campus as possible, so that Columbia students are exposed to such subjects.
Films we have screened in the past include Blinders: The truth behind the tradition. This November, CSAP will bring you Earthlings.
Blinders Film Screening with Q&A with Director Donny Moss. 5.00pm - 7.00pm, Broadway Room, Lerner Hall. We had a good turnout, including students from Hunter College and members of a New York animal activist group.
See our facebook event.
Films to watch:
EARTHLINGS is a multi-award winning feature length documentary about
humanity's absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and
scientific research) while also illustrating our complete disrespect for these so-called
"non-human providers." Released in 2005, the film is narrated by two-time Academy Award
nominee Joaquin Phoenix (GLADIATOR, WALK THE LINE) and features music by the critically
acclaimed platinum artist Moby. It was written, produced and directed by Shaun Monson.
Blinders: The truth behind the tradition
Through original footage taken with hidden cameras and interviews with
carriage drivers, veterinarians, accident witnesses, animal rights activists, politicians,
tourists, residents who live near the horses and people who have rescued NYC carriage
horses from slaughter, BLINDERS takes viewers behind the scenes to expose the truth behind
In a sleepy lagoon off the coast of Japan, behind a wall of barbed wire
and "Keep Out” signs, lies a shocking secret. It is here, under cover of night, that the
fishermen of Taiji engage in an unseen hunt for thousands of dolphins. The nature of the
work is so horrifying, a few desperate men will stop at nothing to keep it hidden from the
world. But when an elite team of activists, filmmakers and free-divers embark on a covert
mission to penetrate the cove, they discover that the shocking atrocities they find there
are just the tip of the iceberg.
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s
food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the
American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.
Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put
profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of
workers and our own environment. Food, Inc. reveals surprising — and often shocking
truths — about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where
we are going from here.
The Future of Food
The Future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing
truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled
grocery store shelves for the past decade.
Watch it on Hulu
Set not so long ago in a distant land, the film follows the adventures
of twin tiger cubs--one shy and gentle, the other bold and fierce--who are born among the
temple ruins of an exotic jungle. However, on a fateful day, the brothers are separated by
fate. The bold brother is sold off to a circus, where homesickness and living in a cage
rob him of his spirit. Meanwhile, the shy cub becomes the beloved companion of the
governor's lonely young son, until an accident forces the family to give him away to a
man who resolves to break his gentle nature and turn him into a fighter for sport. When
they are fully grown the brothers find themselves reunited--but as forced enemies, pitted
against each other.
Each year, 42,000 dogs are sold to veterinary schools and research labs
by Class B dealers, who are required by federal law to buy the animals from pounds,
shelters, and small breeders—and to treat them humanely. However, many Class B dealers
violate the law. Dealing Dogs documents the undercover investigation that exposed the
abuses that took place at one of America's most notorious Class B dealers, Martin Creek
Kennel in Arkansas.
March of the Penguins
March of the Penguins opens with stunning distance shots of seemingly
impossible icescape formations in the Antarctic wilderness. No creature could live in such
a beautiful but utterly barren place. Or so one would think..
Set in the vast snow kingdom at the top of the world, Arctic Tale is
a real-life adventure from the people who brought you March Of The Penguins. This family
film follows two very different arctic creatures, Nanu, the polar bear cub and Seela, the
walrus pup, through exciting and harrowing struggles for survival. Armed only with their
natural instincts and mothers' guidance, these inspiring animals face countless trials and
challenges in a beautiful icebound world that is rapidly melting beneath them.
On the east coast of New Zealand, the Whangara people believe their
presence there dates back a thousand years or more to a single ancestor, Paikea, who
escaped death when his canoe capsized by riding to shore on the back of a whale. From
then on, Whangara chiefs, always the first-born, always male, have been considered
Paikea's direct descendants. Pai, an 11-year-old girl in a patriarchal New Zealand tribe,
believes she is destined to be the new chief. But her grandfather Koro is bound by
tradition to pick a male leader. Pai loves Koro more than anyone in the world, but she
must fight him and a thousand years of tradition to fulfill her destiny.