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The Ghosts In Our Machine

Are animals property to be owned and used, or sentient beings deserving of rights?

Through the heart and photographic lens of animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur, The Ghosts In Our Machine illuminates the lives of animals within the machine of our modern world. Through undercover investigations and joyful rescue missions around the world, each photograph and story is a window into global animal industries: Food, Fashion, Entertainment and 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.

A superb example of committed filmmaking.

NOW Magazine

Liz Marshall’s powerful feature documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine builds a new case for animal rights.

The Guardian/The Observer

A film whose sense of urgency and purpose is utterly engrossing.

Village Voice

Narrative threads are compelling in writer-director Liz Marshall’s finely wrought new documentary.

Los Angeles Times

A documentary that refuses to preach, instead opting for a beautifully constructed homage to the rest of our kingdom.


After watching the film, there is no way you will look or think about animals the same way again.

Women in Hollywood


Written & Directed by Liz Marshall

Produced by Nina Beveridge, Liz Marshall

Edited by Roland Schlimme, Roderick Deogrades

Cinematography by John Price, Iris Ng, Nick de Pencier, Liz Marshall

Music Score by Bob Wiseman

Supervising Sound Editor Garrett Kerr

Supervising Re-Recording Mixer Daniel Pellerin

Location Sound Recordist Jason Milligan

Interactive Directors The Goggles

Interactive Producer Sean Embury


Making The Ghosts In Our Machine profoundly tweaked my moral compass in new ways…It’s been a journey of discovery into what is a complex social dilemma. In essence, humans have cleverly categorized non-human animals into three parts: domesticated pets, wildlife, and the ones we don’t like to think about: the ghosts in our machine. Why do we value wildlife and our companion animals but not the billions of animals bred and used annually by global industries, for our consumer goods? It is this core question that prompted me to delve deeply.

Canada’s documentary channel

the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Shaw Media Hot Docs Fund, and Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund

Films Transit; Indiecan Entertainment; Syndicado; LizMars Productions; BullFrog Films; McNabb and Connolly; Virgil Films; Ghosts Media