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The Witness Screening in Portland May 17th, by Food Fight!

#1 Postby robert » Thu Apr 12, 2007 2:55 pm

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Screening of Award-winning Film, "The Witness"

"The Witness" highlights the dramatic and inspiring personal
transformation of a
tough Brooklyn construction contractor whose heart is opened by the
love of a kitten.

Thursday, 05/17/07, 7pm and 8:30pm
Clinton Street Theater, 2522 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR
$6 admission goes to Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary

Sponsored by: Food Fight! Grocery, Herbivore Magazine, Veganopolis,
Blossoming Lotus,
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Counseling, Veggielicious

Portland, Oregon — "The Witness", a 43-minute film that has won six
“Best Documentary” awards at film festivals across America will
screen for one night only at Clinton Street Theater in Portland, OR.
"The Witness" tells the inspiring story of Eddie Lama, a tough
construction contractor from Brooklyn whose chance encounter with a
kitten completely transforms his life. Pulitzer Prize-winning
columnist of the Los Angeles Times, Howard Rosenberg, said: “The
Witness is one man’s truth that cries out for mass exposure… may be
the most important film about animals ever made.”

Lama's remarkable change in consciousness, from loathing animals to
devoting his life to their protection, seems to be contagious. “I
feel as though I have been walking around with a bag over my head,
and my heart,” said one viewer in Albany, NY. “The difference those
43 minutes made in my perceptions are earthshaking for me.”

The film has received extraordinary support from everyday people, who
have thus far organized several hundred community screenings in
almost every U.S. state, in venues ranging from libraries and
churches to college campuses and movie theatres, often with theatre
owners donating the space for the events. The documentary has also
been broadcast on independent film showcases of several regional PBS

For his groundbreaking street level education work, Eddie Lama was
honored with the Peace Abbey’s Courage of Conscience Award. Past
honorees have included Mother Teresa and the Dalai Lama. "In my
lifetime,” said Lama as he accepted the award, “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.”

“The Witness touches something very deep in audience members,” says
producer LaVeck, “because it shows how any person, from any
background, can change. Eddie Lama is living proof of something that
we all hope and pray is true, that one person’s change of heart can
change the world.” LaVeck and the film’s director, Jenny 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. Tribe of Heart’s
second film, Peaceable Kingdom, is currently on the film festival
circuit and recently won a festival award for “enriching the human
spirit through film.”

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

For more information about The Witness, visit: http://
For more information about Eddie Lama, visit http://
For more information about Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, visit http://

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