A new German documentary is coming to the United States. Budenland is the story of two activists that saved animals from scientific laboratories. Jan Gerdes, a dairy farmer turned activist, and Karin Mück, a nurse worked together to save animals and then created a farm sanctuary for cows and other animals.

Filmmaker Marc Pierschel said of the project in an emailed press release, “First and foremost, Budenland offers a unique insight into the life of a former dairy farmer and the doubts he experiences when he begins to see the animals as individuals that want to live.” The film shows animals and their stories at the farm sanctuary and the ups and downs of caring for animals without a veterinarian close by. Pierschel wrote and directed the film. He’s known for his films on animal rights, including documentaries Live and Let Live and The End of Meat. 

The film received positive reviews from the 53rd Hof International Film Festival. The festival jury presented the filmmakers the award with the following note, “Budenland allows for a change of perspectives. We’ve seen an affectionate and sometimes painful film that invites us to profoundly reconsider our attitude.”

Here’s the film’s trailer:

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The film is available to watch on Amazon US and UK, and Vimeo. The Vimeo version of the film includes German, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese subtitles.

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