This weekend, Montreal Canadiens player Georges Laraque – famously known for his veganism, (possibly a first in the hockey world) – is hosting the French World Premier of the documentary Earthlings or Terriens. (Here is an article about Laraque’s veganism from canoe.com). Laraque is the narrator for the French version of the movie (Joaquin Phoenix having done the English). George is also, apparently co-owner of Montreal’s Crudessence restaurant, which I have yet to check out (next on the list).
From Earthling‘s website:
EARTHLINGS is an award-winning documentary film about the suffering of animals for food, fashion, pets, entertainment and medical research. Considered the most persuasive documentary ever made, EARTHLINGS is nicknamed “the Vegan maker” for its sensitive footage shot at animal shelters, pet stores, puppy mills, factory farms, slaughterhouses, the leather and fur trades, sporting events, circuses and research labs. The film is narrated by Academy Award® nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by platinum-selling recording artist Moby. Initially ignored by distributors, today EARTHLINGS is considered the definitive animal rights film by organizations around the world. “Of all the films I have ever made, this is the one that gets people talking the most,” said Phoenix. “For every one person who sees EARTHLINGS, they will tell three.”
The screening is FREE, and will be this Friday April 30th at 7pm, at CEGEP de Maissoneuve (3800, Sherbrooke street East – Pie-IX Metro). Apparently snacks will be provided by Crudessence and there will also be a draw for Montreal Canadiens jerseys.
I have yet to watch it myself, but it is apparently really powerful so I encourage you, if you are in Montreal, to go. Even if you don’t understand much French, it will be worthwhile.
Below is the English version trailer. There is a longer trailer on their website.