A Prayer for Compassion
Director—Thomas Wade Jackson
Lead Producer—Victoria Moran
In 2015, I was contacted by documentarian Thomas Wade Jackson who asked, “Would you like to produce a film?” I was all ready to say:
1. I don’t know how.
2. Isn’t that something rich people do?
3. Is this a crank call?
and then he added, “It’s about spirituality and Veganism.” Since those are my two favorite topics, I said “Yes” and determined that I could figure out the rest later.
I worked with Thomas for four years and when A Prayer for Compassion premiered in New York City in March of 2019, followed by its London debut that May, and a tour of India in the summer, I knew that I had been part of something of real and lasing importance.
vThe film follows Thomas and his charming little girl, Melody, across America a couple of times, and goes with Thomas to a UN climate conference in Morocco and on a tour of India, looking at religious traditions, spiritual practices, and food choices. He meets amazing people from just about every tradition, as well as those who are “spiritual but not religious”, all of whom have determined that living without harming others, or any species, is a grace.
Cruelty to animals is an enormous injustice; so is expecting those on the lowest rung of the economic ladder to do the dangerous, soul-numbing work of slaughtering sentient beings on our behalf.
—from Main Street Vegan
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