February 2nd
February 9th
February 16th
February 23rd
Screenings are held in the University of Georgia Miller Learning Center at 7:30 pm.
All films are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by Speak Out for Species.
Please join us for our 10th annual film festival to explore human relationships
with other species and learn how you can take positive action to protect animals!

February 2
Miller Learning Center room 101

Imagine a world without fish. THE END OF THE LINE explores the devastating effect that overfishing is having on the world's fish populations and the health of our oceans. The film explains how this depletion has slipped under the public radar and outlines the catastrophic future that awaits us — an ocean without fish by 2048 — if we continue fishing at current rates.
Humans have long regarded the world’s oceans as vast and inexhaustible, but now we have learned otherwise. THE END OF THE LINE reveals stories of sharply declining fish populations, including the imminent extinction of the bluefin tuna, and illuminates how our modern fishing capacities far outstrip the survival abilities of any ocean species. Species cannot survive at the rate they are being removed from the sea. 90% of the big fish in our oceans are now gone.
An alarming call to action, the film narrates an escalating global crisis that can be avoided only by recovering and sustaining the incredible vitality of the sea. THE END OF THE LINE drives home the message: the clock is ticking, and the time to act is now.

Discussion will be led by Dr. Duncan Elkins, a fish ecologist and post-doctoral associate at UGA who works to develop models of freshwater habitat connectivity at relatively large scales. He teaches regularly on topics including general ecology, climate change effects on freshwater ecosystems, and fish ecology, conservation, and behavior.

2009, 79 minutes. film website  |  Facebook event

February 9
Miller Learning Center room 148

BATTLE FOR THE ELEPHANTS explores the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China’s demand for ivory. The elephant, perhaps Earth's most charismatic and majestic land animal, faces market forces driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for gold.
Elephant poaching in Africa is at a record high, decimating the species. The number of elephants alive today is the smallest number ever recorded. An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its tusks, with an estimated 36,000 being slaughtered each year. If the killing continues at the current level, elephants will be extinct within 20 years.

As National Geographic goes undercover to expose the criminal networks behind ivory's supply and demand, scientists reveal how the elephant, with its highly evolved society, keen intelligence, ability to communicate across vast distances and to love, remember, and even to mourn, is far more complex than ever imagined.

Discussion will be led by Dr. Elizabeth King, Assistant Professor with joint appointments in UGA's Odum School of Ecology and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. Dr. King studies sustainability in African dryland social-ecological systems.

2012, 55 minutes. film website  |  Facebook event

February 16
Miller Learning Center room 101

THE PAW PROJECT documentary is an inspiring against-all-odds story of a grassroots movement to protect cats, both large and small, from the painful and crippling effects of declawing and how the movement has prevailed, despite the efforts of well-funded professional veterinary associations.
In the United States today, approximately 25 percent of domesticated cats are declawed. Many people, including animal lovers, do not realize that declawing is a surgical procedure in which the cat's toes are amputated at the last joint. A portion of the bone, not just the nail, is removed. Declawing may result in permanent lameness, arthritis, and other long-term complications. Despite the physical and behavioral harm inflicted on cats who are declawed, many veterinarians continue to recommend the procedure. Although common in the U.S., declawing is actually illegal in many countries.
An eye-opening yet charming documentary, THE PAW PROJECT chronicles the happy and unexpected twist of fate that has led to the protection of many cats.

Discussion will be led by Stephanie Globerman, DVM (Georgia Director for the Paw Project Team) and Ingrid Johnson (a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant), both from Paws Whiskers and Claws, The Feline Hospital in Marietta GA, along with Janet Martin, DVM, Medical Director of the Athens Area Humane Society.

2013, 55 minutes. film website  |  Facebook event

February 23
Miller Learning Center room 101

Food scandals, climate change, lifestyle diseases, and ethical concerns are moving more and more people to reconsider eating animals and animal products. LIVE AND LET LIVE is a feature documentary that examines our relationship with animals, our connection to food, and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that motivate people to go vegan.
From butcher to vegan chef, from factory farmer to farm sanctuary owner, the film tells the stories of six individuals who decided to stop consuming animal products for different reasons and shows the impact the decision has had on their lives. Philosophers such as Peter Singer, Tom Regan and Melanie Joy join scientists T. Colin Campbell and Jonathan Balcombe and many others to shed light on the ethical, health and environmental perspectives of veganism.
Through these stories, LIVE AND LET LIVE showcases the evolution of veganism from its 1944 origins in London to one of the fastest growing lifestyles worldwide, with more and more people realizing what’s on their plates matters to animals, the environment and ultimately – themselves.

Discussion will be led by Neal Priest, MD, a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens. Dr. Priest became a vegan when he saw that the humane, environmental, and health arguments lined up so dramatically.

2014, 78 minutes. film website  |  Facebook event