Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Local Vegans Come Together to Bring Screening of "Dominion" to Detroit

Webster's Dictionary defines dominion as supreme authority or absolute ownership of something. To have dominion is to have total control and the ability to decide what happens to something, or in this case someone. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans have had dominion over animals and we have done what we pleased with them. This includes eating them, wearing them, doing testing on them, and at times, using them for sport. A new film, called Dominion contests our absolute authority and calls into question what we have done with our power.

Dominion was filmed in Australia and was funded by a kick-starter campaign. The documentary makers used drones and hidden cameras to get behind the scenes footage that no one has ever gotten before. The film is narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Sia, Sadie Sink, and Kat Von D, and was co-produced by Earthlings creator Shaun Monson. The goal of the movie is to question everything you know about our ownership of animals, so the creators are distributing the documentary for free to anyone that is willing to put together a screening in their area. Thankfully, a group of local Detroiters have teamed up to bring the movie to us.

On Monday, August 20th, Ant Hall in Hamtramck will be hosting the Detroit premiere of Dominion and a lot of great locals have teamed up to make it something really special! The screening will be a chance for vegans and non-vegans to meet up, talk, and try some of the best vegan food that Detroit has to offer. This includes Planthropie, a luxurious vegan catering company, Chili Mustard Onions, the new vegan Coney Island in Detroit, and Safflower Street, a 100 % vegan baker that will blow your mind.

Entry and snacks are free with a donation at the door. This donation can be in any amount and 100% of the money raised at the event will be donated to The Barn Sanctuary in Chelsea, Michigan. All of the vendors and the venue donated their time and money to make this event special, so please consider giving generously at the door. The money will go straight to the Sanctuary, who directly uses every dollar to support the animals that they rescue. But, please be aware that if you want to come and are short on cash, you will not be turned away.

Doors for the event are at 7 p.m. on the 20th and the movie will start around 7:30 p.m. There is a bar inside the theater and another bar next door (Ghost Light is connected to Ant Hall). Please grab a drink while you are there to say thank you to Ant Hall for generously donating the space. And, if you want to come, but don't think that you can watch the film, we urge you to give it a shot. You can always go next door if you can't handle it, no one will judge you. The whole point is to get together, learn, and have a chat. So come, bring a friend, and let's eat, drink, and learn together!


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