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Dinner with Fred (2011)

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"Did you ever hear the story of how the chickens saved my life?" This visually lush, ambitious and sweepingly hopeful short film is inspired by the extraordinary true story of a brilliant young poultry scientist in WWII Canada.

At the cusp of the Invasion of Normandy, devoted artillery lieutenant Fred Conrad's train comes to a screeching halt when he is ripped from the sides of his brothers and sent home to lead the Canadian push to cope with a massive wartime food shortage.

Though devastated at first, Fred, with the help of his loving but no-nonsense wife Hilda, turns a misfortunate change-of-plans into a career in humane poultry science that proves to hold meaning and purpose beyond his wildest dreams. Dinner with Fred is a captivating tale of what it means to serve one's country, even in unexpected ways.

Adam Harrington, Austin Highsmith, Scott Lowell, Ron Orbach
Ben Proudfoot

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Lolk, posted on February 22, 2014

The video itself is nicely done, it's an interesting story, but I cringed when I saw the lighting schedule they did to the hens. Cruel. Felt it in my "gut". I will take a look at the sites given by another commentor. I'm glad the video is included, because it will help many more folks to have at least a minimal idea of how most chickens are treated.

rick.bell, posted on December 24, 2013

The movie was very refreshing

mauionecreations, posted on December 23, 2013

By far the WORST Choice here on Gaiam TV.

We need to promote media that supports compassion, and does not glorify the meat industry at all.

Massive, intolerable cruelty and suffering now takes place on Poultry farms, and this numbed down movie, playing on our on cultural emotions, and counting on the fact that we've allowed ourselves to become so distant from nature and our true selves that we actually find a flick like this "heartwarming".

Take a deeper look.

Starting this industry in such a desperate way, making feeding humans the sole priority and confining chickens to small cages, and an erratic "lights on 6 times a day" feeding schedule is horrendous.

Chickens are amazing animals, and if you believe as many other of the GAIAM shows talk about, that we are all one, then they are a part of ourselves we are still abusing.

Please go to these links to learn more about chickens. The first is a beautiful short film about a egg farmer who had an awakening, will never eat chickens again, and so he donated his 7,000 laying hens to animal sanctuaries where they can play outside, and can actually have a real life. All animals deserve this and we do ourselves a huge disservice by supporting media such as this, that takes a very comfortable cultural approach, rather than spiritual and one based on the undeniable interconnectedness of all life.

Here's the links - definitely watch the fist one - the movie about the freed hens. Thank you and aloha...


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