Exceptional Animal Films to Inspire

Extraordinary animal films to inform and delight you visually. Most are free to watch and all of them are essential to broaden your awareness of the thrilling and exciting, but often dangerous lives these precious animals live. We are the recipients of the immense joy that they bring us every day and we must step out, speak up and help them to survive.

Isa Leshko Photography
Wonderful images of elderly animals who are often forgotten.
Isa Leshko Artist Statement
I also want my images to inspire greater empathy toward animals, particularly farm animals. It is very rare for a farm animal to actually live its full natural lifespan given that most of these animals experience brutality and death early in their lives. By depicting the beauty and dignity of these creatures in their later years, I want to encourage people to question and challenge the way farm animals are currently treated. I am still traveling extensively to create new images for this project. I fund the project through sales of my fine art prints. Please contact one of my galleries for additional information on purchasing my work
Elderly Animals Film
Short film created by Walley Films about Isa’s Elderly Animals project. Filming was done in San Antonio, Texas and in Kendalia, Texas in May 2011.
Lori Fusaro
Los Angeles animal photographer wants to change people's perceptions of older dogs and help more of them find loving homes. Alarmed by how many senior dogs languish in shelters because no one wants them, Fusaro launched a “Silver Hearts” photography project to show how much older dogs have to offer. On the website below are photos from the project. www.fusarophotography.com
Glass Walls film Paul McCartney
13 minutes-graphic, but this is what is being kept from the public. If people knew of the unspeakable cruelty against these precious beings they would be outraged. If you are a spiritual wimp, don’t watch this. IF YOU MUSTER UP THE COURAGE, THIS SHORT FILM WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
DAKOTA 38 - Full Movie in HD-A gift of HEALING from our Native American Brothers-Truly Inspiring
To download the film in HD, burn your own DVD, or order a free copy of the DVD, visit http://www.dakota38.com/ . In honoring honor native traditions surrounding ceremonies, we are screening and distributing "Dakota 38" as a gift rather than for sale. In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. "When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator...
Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation - NRK
Incredible story with fabulous photographs of this dog Tinni, in Norway who has become best friends with a fox, who was named Snusen, by Tinni’s owner, photographer, Torgeir Berge. They meet every day when his owner, Torgeir, takes his Shepherd for a walk in the woods. When Torgeir whistles, the fox comes running and they play together joyfully like best friends. More proof that animals are social creatures, have a sense of humor, and love to play and amuse themselves. Look for Mr. Berge’s photographic book coming out about the remarkable relationship between these unusual friends.
"EXPOSED: USDA's Secret War onWildlife"
In our newest film you'll see three former federal agents and a Congressman blow the whistle on the USDA's barbaric and wasteful Wildlife Services program and expose the government’s secret war on wildlife. Dec. 1, 2013 - An agency within the USDA called Wildlife Services—a misnamed entity if there ever was one—has been having their way for almost a century, killing over 100,000 native predators and millions of birds each year, as well as maiming, poisoning, and brutalizing countless pets. They have also seriously harmed more than a few humans. And they apparently think they are going to continue getting away with it. But in our new documentary, EXPOSED: USDA’s Secret War on Wildlife, whistle-blowers go on the record showing Wildlife Services for what it really is—an unaccountable, out-of-control, wildlife killing machine for corporate agriculture and the hunting lobby.
Horse Medicine - Powerful Medicine, Powerful Film
Horse Medicine explores the profound human-horse relationship from ancient myth to modern science. This inspirational documentary film reconnects our hearts with the power of the horse and Mother Earth. With over ten years of footage capturing the healing power of horses on a global scale, Horse Medicine takes viewers on a journey from the rugged American West to the serene Norwegian fjords and mountainsides. Along the way, insight is offered by Hollywood stars, profound teachings from gifted and inventive equestrians, scientific data from leading horse therapy professionals, life lessons from Indian elders and a real world perspective from today’s cowboys. Accompanying these explosive interviews are select scenes from one of the most dynamic contemporary wild horse film archives. Coming in 2014
Blackfish (documentary, 2013)
Review/Essay: Blackfish [documentary, 2013]

This documentary is a powerful indictment of SeaWorld and other aquatic amusement parks that keep orcas (killer whales) in captivity and make them do tricks. These highly intelligent and social nonhuman persons fare poorly in captivity. In confinement, they often fight and injure each other, something that rarely occurs in the wild. Frustrated and angry, they frequently harm their trainers and each other. The documentary focuses most attention on Tilikum, who was kidnapped from his pod when he was a child and, over the course of his life, has killed three people.