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Free Screenings of Award-winning Film Peaceable Kingdom

Dr. Jane Goodall calls documentary about human-animal relationship “a masterpiece”

Peaceable Kingdom, a thought-provoking new documentary that is currently showing at film festivals across the country, will screen for one night only each at the Naro Cinema in Norfolk and Terra Nova in Virginia Beach. The 70-minute film from award-winning filmmakers Jenny Stein and James LaVeck highlights the struggles of people who have come to a point in their lives where they must follow their conscience, even though it means giving up their livelihood, their community, and all they were raised to believe and do.

When: Tuesday, June 7, 2005 5:15 p.m.
Where: Naro Cinema, 1507 Colley Ave., Norfolk
Note: Followed by discussion with film subject Harold Brown

When: Wednesday, June 8, 2005, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Terra Nova, 1805 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach
Note: Followed by discussion with film subject Harold Brown

It's about a fourth-generation Montana cattle rancher who experiences an epiphany during a health crisis and resolves to devote his life to undoing the damage done by his agribusiness empire. It's about a Michigan beef farmer whose childhood wounds are healed by the unexpected affection of a rescued cow at an animal sanctuary. And it's about a young couple who stumble upon a massive injustice hidden away by the factory farming industry, and find they cannot turn away, even though they can only help one animal at a time.

An inspiring story of personal redemption, compassion, healing and hope, Peaceable Kingdom recently received the Ojai Film Festival’s theme award for "enriching the human spirit through film." The film had its World Premiere at Lincoln Center in Manhattan and has been selling out theatres and receiving standing ovations in major cities where it has been shown. Radio commentator Paul Harvey recently praised the film on his nationally broadcast show, and gave away several hundred copies to his listeners.

Audience members regularly describe the film as a life-changing experience. “Thank you for opening my eyes to so many issues that were so foreign to me,” said a viewer at the film's San Francisco premiere. “Never before has a film made such an impact on my thoughts, dreams and feelings in the days following its viewing,” wrote another a week after the event.

“Peaceable Kingdom is striking a chord,” says producer LaVeck, “because it is about everyday people reclaiming their dignity and their innocence by challenging a blatant injustice. In a world that is drowning in cynicism and violence, it speaks to the potential for goodness in each of us.” LaVeck and Stein founded their non-profit production company, Tribe of Heart, to fill an unmet need for films that explore the human potential to respond to injustice with creativity and non-violence. Their first film, The Witness, screened at 25 film festivals and received six Best Documentary awards.

An advance copy of the film is available to members of the media upon request. Phone interviews with the filmmakers and/or any of the film’s subjects can be arranged by contacting Tribe of Heart directly at (607) 275-0806 or

For stills, post-screening audience interviews, and a trailer, visit

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