Director's Statement

Meat the Future is a natural extension of my previous work. Since the 1990s I have had the privilege of featuring resilient stories around the globe, shot within the context of war, climate change, corporate industrialized globalization, and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Meat the Future spotlights a convergence of urgent issues through an active unfolding human story. This is a documentary that grapples with significant global challenges while looking to what is possible. Meat the Future is not another doomsday survey that leaves audiences feeling overwhelmed with information overload. Instead, we zoom in on compelling people working overtime, risking everything to make a difference, while also examining the challenges and obstacles they face.

The Ghosts In Our Machine, my previous documentary, is widely considered an influential accessible consciousness-raising impact documentary about one of the toughest subjects imaginable. It features animal rights photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur as she tackles the epic and global subject of sentient nonhuman animals used for food, fashion, research, and entertainment. Meat the Future takes off where I left off: focused on change makers, combining a behind-the-scenes cinéma-verité lens with thoughtful urgency and cinematic tone; ushering the viewer into a world focused on innovation, altruism, and the not so distant future.

Liz Marshall