FARMING HUMANS is a one hour documentary in development hosted by animal activist Simone Reyes.
The story focuses on 12 volunteers who agree to live like barn animals for ten days. During this time, they will undergo the same nightmarish treatment farm animals endure every single day of their lives.
POV OF HUMANS
Imagine you wake up in a cage. You are gaining consciousness in a pen no bigger than an airline’s overhead storage bin and you’re hunched over, unable to fully extend your neck without smacking into the top of this enclosure. You’re boxed in with others like yourself, men and women with no sense of where they are, dazed from the lack of proper food and water left to wonder if that smell – that terrible, awful, miasma drifting lazily through the air – is really that of human feces, or if it’s just the rotting remains of what they deemed fit for your consumption. You’re elbow-to-elbow with your neighbors, trying to jostle for what little free space there is. In fact you are living in a barn, in a cage, ingesting hormones, being prodded and shocked, kicked, branded and enduring the same treatment barn animals regularly deal with.
Hiltz Squared Media takes aim at this gulf in our understanding, taking out twelve and putting them through the riggers of being prepped for slaughter. For ten days, doctors and established experts will keep a close eye on them, observing their reactions to the physical and mental stresses that animals go through everyday on factory farms and massive feedlots.
Interspersed through the documentary shots of commercial farms will be shown and the audience will see exactly how horribly and cruelly these barn animals are treated.
Once the volunteers arrive at the barn, they will be broken down in to three groups: chickens, pigs and cows. At this time, each volunteer will be tattooed or branded with a number. From that moment on they will only be referred to by that number. Each volunteer will be able to keep a video journal and discuss their experience. The volunteers will be provided with clothes that identify which group they are a part of.
FARMING HUMANS will be directed by Naomi Hiltz who is an animal activist and directed projects for A & E, Discovery and CanWest Media.