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Therapist Samantha Khury
54 minutes
Written, Produced, Edited, and Directed by Peter Friedman
Associate Producer/Associate Editor Flavia Fontes
Samantha Khury is an "animal therapist and psychic" who has convinced skeptical pet owners, zoo keepers, and race horse trainers that she really can "talk" to their animals. In I TALK TO ANIMALS we see her at work counselling race horses in need of leisure time, depressed cats, and misguided ants. And we hear from owners and trainers who describe how their animals' behavior changed following Samantha's sessions, and how she told them things about the animals that she "could not have known"--unless the animals told her themselves.
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Press Reviews
"Witty and understated, Peter Friedman's I TALK TO ANIMALS hardly seems the sort of documentary one would call subversive. . .but if we accept the essence of Friedman's work, it's not merely subversive but revolutionary, for it tests the very foundations of our experience of consciousness and our relationship with the natural world."
--Linda Dubler, Curator of Film & Video
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Read the whole article here.
"Highly recommended for those interested in psychology and animal behavior."
--Video Rating Guide
"Friedman interviews a clutch of satisfied clients---once-doubting Thomases, who relate story after compelling story supporting Khury's mental powers. By the time I TALK TO ANIMALS concludes, all but the most cynical of souls will be shaking their heads in wonderment and saying 'Well, maybe. . .'"
--Riverfront Times, St. Louis, Missouri
"Surprisingly convincing. . ."
--Booklist
"Open-hearted and open-minded but not New Age gaga, there is a kindness in the film, and a kind of mystery, too. It's also very amusing."
--The Atlanta Constitution