Did you know that today, October 4th, marks World Animal Day?
The international day of awareness is dedicated to raising the “status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe,” according to worldanimalday.org.uk.
“It’s celebrated in different ways in every country, irrespective of nationality, religion, faith or political ideology. Through increased awareness and education we can create a world where animals are always [recognized] as sentient beings and full regard is always paid to their welfare.”
And, lucky for you, sentient beings, today also happens to be Watch Now Wednesday!
In honor of our furry, four-legged and feral friends, the DCEFF staff has rounded up a few of our favorite animal films, which are all available online.
Check them out below and stream at your leisure:
With its exceptional footage of animals in the wild, Seasons is the awe-inspiring and thought-provoking tale of the long and tumultuous shared history that inextricably binds humankind with the natural world.
Off the south coast of Australia, foxes have taken over an island sanctuary home to the world’s smallest penguins, damaging their population. But an eccentric chicken farmer and his precocious granddaughter hatch a plan to save the the penguins. Based on a true story.
Directed by Stuart McDonald. Produced by Richard Keddie, Sheila Hanahan Taylor and Steve Kearney.
My Life as a Turkey
Deep in the wilds of Florida’s Flatlands, writer and naturalist Joe Hutto spent raised a family of 16 wild turkeys, roosting with them, taking them foraging, and immersing himself in their world. Based on Hutto’s true story in the book, Illumination in the Flatwoods.
Produced by David Allen.
The cultural relationship between residents of Gujarat, India and the last remaining population of Asiatic Lions in the world is explored in this film. With fewer than 50 lions in the wild at the turn of the 21st century, rural communities worked with the government to create a haven for this top predator and are successfully securing its place in the ecosystem.
Directed and produced by Roshan Patel.
Red Wolf Revival
A short film about the last remaining wild population of red wolves and the struggle to reintroduce one of the rarest animals on earth in the face of cultural, economic, and biological challenges in North Carolina.