The Witness DVD - Take a Look at Fur

Eight awards for Best Documentary and two for The Best of Festival.

How does a construction contractor from a tough Brooklyn neighborhood become an impassioned animal advocate?

In this award-winning documentary, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals and bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York. With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness.

Working hard to overcome the many challenges of growing up in a poor and violent Brooklyn neighborhood, Eddie Lama developed a deep sense of identification with the vulnerable and voiceless beings of our world. In one of the most moving sections of The Witness, he describes the harrowing experience of being beaten and left for dead, crying out for help and no one responding. Eddie then shares how this trauma helped him understand the plight of animals, who so often endure violence with no one to even witness their tragic fate, much less advocate on their behalf.

In 2001, the Peace Abbey gave Eddie their Courage of Conscience Award. Upon accepting it, he said, “In my lifetime I have been both the oppressor and the oppressed, both the fomenter of discord and the advocate for peace, both the perpetrator and the victim. But most significantly, I have been both the silence and the voice. It is the human voice that is the primary tool for change.”

Eddie’s willingness to so openly share both the dark and the light of his own life has inspired many of those who have seen The Witness to follow his example, making a conscious decision to do all they can not to participate in the exploitation of others, be they “two-legged” or “four-legged.”

Today, Eddie continues his animal advocacy work through a variety of non-profit endeavors, including Oasis Sanctuary, where he provides a refuge for abused and abandoned animals, and FaunaVision, which focuses on his unique approach to mobile, street-level video education.

" The Witness is about changing your life, taking a stand for those who can’t and being true to what is right. It’s a call to all of us to do something, to make a difference. In a cynical world, that is something we can’t be reminded of enough. I have personally screened The Witness for dozens of friends and colleagues, and have seen, first-hand, the powerful effect it has had on them. " Alicia Silverstone – Actor & Author

" THE WITNESS is one man’s truth that cries out for mass exposure… may be the most important and persuasive film about animals ever made. " Howard Rosenberg – LOS ANGELES TIMES

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REGION FREE DVD © 2012 Approx 43 Minutes

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