We are thrilled that the new cut of our short film ANIMA has embarked on its film festival run. Please stay in touch/contact with us for updates on upcoming festivals and screenings. Press and media can contact us for a link to a private screener of the film.

ANIMA: Animals. Faith. Compassion.

ANIMA is the foundation of the Initiative on Animals, Faith and Creation

ANIMA: Animals. Faith. Compassion. is the foundation of The Guibord Center’s Initiative on Animals, Faith and Creation. The film brings the voice of our many faith traditions into our first serious conversation of how we humans view our relationship with animals. Our hope is that ANIMA will help to  forever change the way people interact with animals through understanding them as living, feeling, sentient and sacred beings.

What People are Saying About ANIMA: Animals. Faith. Compassion.

“The Christian tradition has long articulated a love of creation, and specifically of animals, as central to faithful living. What Anima: Animals. Faith. Compassion. does beautifully is illustrate how this reverence for all living things is shared across all faith communities. A viewer of this film is likely to come away with a renewed appreciation for all of God’s creatures and a new understanding of our relationship to them.”

Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, Associate General Secretary, National Council of Churches USA

“Immanuel Kant recognized that how people treat animals reflects what is in their heart. I believe this to be true, and I applaud The Guibord Center for this groundbreaking effort to share the call to compassionate treatment for animals that is at the heart of so many religions.”

Alison Eastwood, Actress and Director – Founder of Eastwood Ranch Foundation, a non-profit animal welfare organization

“In this time of divisiveness and rejection of diversity, this film is an amazingly effective way to show the unity of all religions. Using the simple theme of how different world scriptures speak of care for animals, we find a common teaching: All life is sacred, and it is humanity’s responsibility to protect and nurture it. Thank you for creating a universal statement of love.”

Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi, Spiritual Directors of Ananda Sangha Worldwide, a global movement based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda


Participants and their Communities


Randolph Dobbs
The Baha’i Center of Southern California

BK Sister Vinothini Sivaswami
Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Meditation Center, Los Angeles

Ven. Abbot Hui Dong
Ven. Maio Hsi
Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple, Hacienda Heights

The Very Rev. Canon Daniel Ade
The Very Rev. Canon Mark Kowalewski
St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral, Los Angeles

Sura Das
Karen Pharmer
The International Society of Krishna Consciousness, Culver City

HINDU (Vedanta)
Swami Sarvadevananda
Dr. Rini Ghosh
The Vedanta Society of Southern California, Hollywood

Saginaw Grant
Hereditary Chief of the Sac and Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missoura Nations

Sam Bearpaw
Indigenous Leader, Apache Nation

Ami C. Shah, Raj Shah
Prashant Shah, Kush Shah
Harsha Parikh, Manilal B. Mehta
Dr. Mahendra Shah
The Jain Center of Southern California, Buena Park

Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels
Temple Beth Shir Shalom, Santa Monica

Rabbi Suzanne Singer
Temple Beth El, Riverside, California

Salam Al-Marayati
Muslim Public Affairs Council

Edina Lekovic
The Islamic Center of Southern California, Los Angeles

Nirinjan Singh Khalsa
Guru Ram Das Ashram, Los Angeles

Maneck Bhujwala
The California Zoroastrian Center, Westchester

The Rev. Canon Dr. Gwynne Guibord
Dr. Lois M Sprague
The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out