Animal Kingdom is a collection of films about animals and people's often complicated relationships with them. Ranging from beloved service dogs (BUDDY and TO BE OF SERVICE) to the lives of farm animals (BESTIAIRE and OUR DAILY BREAD), these films show many facets of how people and animals interact on a daily basis.
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo
Directed by Jessica Oreck • Documentary • With Takeshi Yoro • 2010 • 90 minutes
Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo delves into the mystery of Japan's age-old love affair with insects. From the first fabled emperor who dubbed Japan the "Isle of the Dragonflies," to the cricket-selling businesses of the ...
A Cow's Life
Directed by Emmanuel Gras • Documentary • 2011 • 62 minutes
In the fields, we see them, extended on the grass or grazing peacefully. Large placid beasts that we thought we knew because they are livestock. Lions, gorillas, bears have our attention, but has anyone ever really looked at the cows? H...
I Talk to Animals
Directed by Peter Friedman • Documentary • With Samantha Khury • 1990 • 54 minutes
Samantha is an "animal therapist and psychic" who has convinced skeptical pet owners, zoo keepers, and race horse trainers that she really can "talk" to their animals. Here we see her at work counselling race hors...
Rodents of Unusual Size
Directed by Chris Metzler, Quinn Costello, Jeff Springer • Documentary • 2017 • 71 minutes
Hard-headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn’t know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat — hordes of monstrous, 20-pound swamp rats. Known as “n...
Aguilucho: Dance of the Harpy Eagle
Directed by Daniel Byers • Documentary • With Jose de Jesus Vargas • 2021 • 22 minutes
In the remote Darién Gap rainforest, indigenous communities face the advance of loggers and cattle ranchers, an existential threat to their way of life and the ecosystem upon which they rely. When a rare Harpy...
Insecticides: A License to Kill
Directed by Miyuki Droz, Sylvain Lepetit, Sébastien Séga • Documentary • 2022 • 58 minutes
The insect apocalypse is here. For decades, scientists have recorded plummeting insect numbers around the world. And when insects go, so do large swathes of complex ecosystems: bird populations decline, fi...
No Fear No Favor
Directed by Mirra Bank • Documentary • 2020 • 66 minutes
Shot over two years in Zambia's Kafue National Park--one of the largest intact wilderness areas in the world--as well as in Kenya and Namibia, NO FEAR NO FAVOR illuminates the wrenching choices faced by impoverished Africans who live where...
Directed by David Abel • Documentary • 2019 • 74 minutes
LOBSTER WAR is an award-winning feature documentary about a conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea, known as t...
Cat Listening to Music
Directed by Chris Marker • Documentary • 1994 • 3 minutes
Marker fans are familiar with the cartoon representation of Guillaume-en-Egypte, Marker's beloved pet cat, which has become the reclusive filmmaker's alter ego. In this charming short, Marker reveals the real-life Guillaume, stretched out...
Directed by Denis Côté • Documentary • 2012 • 72 minutes
Fascinating and beguiling, BESTIAIRE is Denis Côté's mesmerizing meditation on the relationship between man and beast. This strikingly beautiful film about looking-starts with a group of art students attempting to sketch an animal-that blu...
The Animals Film
Directed by Victor Schonfeld & Myriam Alaux • Documentary • With Julie Christie, Richard Ryder, Roger Ulrich, Lord Houghton, Peter Singer • 1981 • 136 minutes
Documentary about the abuse of animals in factory farming, sport and research. Made over a period of two years in Britain and the U.S., i...
Directed by Bernard Block • Documentary • 2015 • 52 minutes
Since the 19th century, the fate of cows has been tied to new methods and progress in animal science.
Genetics and new ways of rearing animals have accelerated bovine biological transformation and manipulation. These are no longer the ...
Directed by Mario Ruspoli • Documentary • 1958 • 25 minutes
A vanguard short that displays the range of Mario Ruspoli’s insatiable curiosity and the depth of his talents: The Whalers, an influential portrait of the last whale fishermen, living in the Azores, to work with harpoons.
Milking the Rhino
Directed by David E. Simpson • Documentary • With None listed on IMDB • 2008 • 83 minutes
A ferocious kill on the Serengeti… dire warnings about endangered species… These clichés of nature documentaries ignore a key feature of the landscape: villagers just off-camera, who navigate the dangers an...
Three Cheers for the Whale
Directed by Chris Marker & Mario Ruspoli • Documentary • 1972 • 17 minutes
Chronicles the history of mankind's relationship with the largest and most majestic of marine mammals, and graphically exposes their slaughter by the fishing industry.
Chris Marker's co-director, Mario Ruspoli (1925-1986...
Fishing: In the Sea of Greed
Directed by Anand Patwardhan • Documentary • 1998 • 42 minutes
Traditional fishing communities around the world are under threat of mass displacement by the industrial fishing practices of gigantic factory ships. Private capital, with the aid of international lending agencies, have embarked on a...
To Be of Service
Directed by Josh Aronson • Documentary • With Greg Kolodziejczyk and Valor, Thomas Flood and Mako, Phil Bauer and Champ, Sylvia Bowersox and Timothy, Brandon Lewis and Boothe • 2019 • 88 minutes
From Academy Award nominated Josh Aronson, and featuring a new song from Jon Bon Jovi, "To Be Of Serv...
Directed by Heddy Honigmann • Documentary • 2018 • 86 minutes
In this poignant and carefully composed portrait of six service dogs and their owners, renowned documentary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human. Honigmann questions the owners in her characterist...
Rabbit a la Berlin
Directed by Bartek Konopka & Piotr Roslowski • Documentary • 2009 • 39 minutes
RABBIT A LA BERLIN is the 2010 Academy Award-nominated story of thousands of wild rabbits which lived in the Death Zone of the Berlin Wall. This is the first film showing the story of the Wall and the reunification of...
Directed by Elsa Kremser and Levin Peter • Documentary • 2020 • 91 minutes
Laika, a stray dog picked up by the Soviet space program on the streets of Moscow, became the first living being to orbit the earth when she was launched into space on Sputnik 2. Although Laika would not survive the journ...
Facing The Storm
Directed by Drury Gunn Carr, Doug Hawes-Davis • Documentary • 2010 • 78 minutes
FACING THE STORM is the epic account of our tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. It explores the visionary quest to protect and restore bison and details the inextricable relationship of t...
Directed by Eva Cvijanovic • Animation • 2017 • 10 minutes
In a lush and lively forest lives a hedgehog. He is respected and envied by the other animals. However, Hedgehog's unwavering devotion to his home annoys a quartet of insatiable beasts. Together, they march off towards Hedgehog's home an...
Our Daily Bread
Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter • Documentary • 2005 • 92 minutes
OUR DAILY BREAD reveals the little-known world of high-tech agriculture. In a series of visually stunning, continuously tracking, wide-screen images that seem right out of a science-fiction movie, we see the places where food is c...
What's For Dinner?
Directed by Jian Yi • Documentary • 2013 • 29 minutes
Meat is now central to billions of people's daily meals. The environmental, climate, public health, ethical, and human impacts are enormous and remain largely undocumented. 'What's For Dinner?' explores this terrain in fast-globalizing China ...