Award-winning animal rights documentary ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’ screens in Cape Town

You are invited to two exclusive special screenings of the critically acclaimed documentary ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’ at The Labia Theatre on Orange Street, Cape Town.


Date: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd August

Time: 6.15pm

Location: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Ticket price: R40

Reserve tickets by calling the Labia box office on 021 424 5927


Buy tickets at Webtickets now!

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 ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’ is a multi-award winning consciousness-raising documentary that gently reveals one of the most evocative moral dilemmas of our times.



While the provocative film ‘Blackfish’ made waves for exposing the consequences of keeping orcas in captivity, ‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’ illuminates the plight of many other animals rescued from and living within the machine of our modern world, from captive foxes to rescued dairy cows.

“Haunting beauty… Ghosts is urging us to rethink our relationship with the animal population — what they owe us, what we owe them.” – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

Award-winning filmmaker Liz Marshall directs this visually arresting documentary through the heart and lens of photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur.

The film follows Jo-Anne over the course of a year as she documents several animal stories in parts of Canada, the USA and in Europe. Each story and photograph is a window into global animal industries: food, fashion, entertainment and biomedical research.


‘The Ghosts In Our Machine’ charts McArthur’s efforts to bring wider attention to a topic that most of humankind strives hard to avoid. Are non-human animals property to be owned and used, or are they sentient beings deserving of rights?

The screenings will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion:

The screening on Saturday 2 August will be followed by a an audience discussion with Louise van der Merwe, the multi-award winning editor of Animal Voice, Managing Trustee of The Humane Education Trust and South African representative for the international NGO Compassion in World Farming. She has worked to raise awareness of the plight of animals, especially farmed animals, since 1989. In July 2013, Louise launched Humane Education workshops for teachers and learners on Constitution Hill as part of Nelson Mandela’s birthday celebrations and these workshops are on-going. All 25 Humane Education resources developed by The Humane Education Trust have been approved by the Department of Basic Education and are used in schools around South Africa.

The screening on Sunday 3 August will be followed by a an audience discussion with Toni Brockhoven, the media and public liaison person for Beauty Without Cruelty (BWC) who has been actively fighting animal exploitation for a number of years, through various means. A vegan of over 9 years, Toni started No Foie Gras SA which has seen a number of successes and is now an affiliate of BWC. She authored the BWC cookbook, Living Without Cruelty, which is in its second edition and is currently working on a second cookbook, due out later this year. Beauty Without Cruelty, established in 1975,  is an animal rights organisation with a primary objective to educate and inform people about the suffering of animals and has initiated a number of campaigns, which focus on exposing animal abuse, specifically in the areas of vivisection in South Africa, cosmetic testing, animal trading, the exploitation of wildlife and in factory farming. Methods used to draw the public’s attention to these issues  include outreach, school presentations, the media, and also includes legal intervention, protests, lobbying central, regional and local government and other peaceful means.


Tickets can be reserved by calling The Labia at 021 424 5927 or bought on Webtickets. We strongly recommended that you reserve tickets to avoid disappointment.


This event is presented by the Labia and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation committed to bringing progressive, non-mainstream documentaries with important social, political and environmental messages to South African audiences. While You Were Sleeping is a registered South African Non Profit Organisation (NPO registration no: 137-167 NPO).


The Labia:
021 424 5927

More about the film:

While You Were Sleeping:
Dougie Dudgeon | 082 560 2296 |
Andreas Späth | 084 749 9470 |


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