What do two award-winning upstate filmmakers, a former beef farmer from Michigan, and a 34-year veteran of the priesthood from Queens have in common?
A passion for helping animals that is behind the New York City premiere of “Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home,” an award-winning film that is opening hearts and minds around the world.
A free screening of the movie will be held at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10. Special guests will include the filmmakers and their subject, animal advocate and former farmer Harold Brown.
Sponsored by The Tablet newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, the event is the latest offering of the Tablet Forum, an ongoing series of screenings and speakers organized by the Rev. Frank Mann and offered free to the public as a way of inspiring lively and productive community dialogue.
In “Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home,” animal farmers struggle with matters of conscience. Their powerful testimony, and rare footage illustrating the emotional lives of animals, comes together in an unexpected story of transformation and healing. The 78-minute documentary, which has been described by many viewers as a “life-changing” experience, offers an unforgettable portrait of farm life.
“This gathering will be an energizing evening of hope, transformation and healing,” said Mann, who organized the screening at CTK’s 1,400-seat Hugh P. Kirwan Performing Arts Center. He sees the program as fitting in well with Pope Francis’ inaugural appeal to “protect and respect each of God’s creatures and likewise respect the environment in which we live.”
A short companion film, “Father Mann’s Awakening to Compassion for Animals,” has been a big hit on YouTube.