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We the Animals

Producers Jeremy Yaches, Christina D. King, Andrew Goldman, Paul Mezey


Us three. Us brothers. Us kings, inseparable. Three boys tear through their childhood, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to shelter her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar based on the celebrated Justin Torres novel, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast –including three talented, young first-time actors –and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life. Drawing from his documentary background, director Jeremiah Zagar creates an immersive portrait of working class family life and brotherhood.

About The Team

Jeremiah Zagar’s (Writer, Director) first feature documentary, In a Dream (HBO), was shortlisted for an Academy Award and received two Emmy nominations, including best documentary. It screened at theaters across the U.S. and festivals around the world, winning awards at SXSW, Full Frame, and others. His second, Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (HBO), premiered in competition at Sundance. We The Animals is Zagar’s first narrative feature and is based on the novel by Justin Torres.

We the Animals was financed by Cinereach, produced by Cinereach and Public Record, and received support from the SF Film and Sundance Institute.