Naomi Call

Filmmaker Gunjan Menon

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Naomi Call

My passionate love for, and fascination with, animals began at a young age. My sister and I used to spend hours pretending to be animals! If we were in the pool, we were dolphins…trying our best to mold our bodies into their beautiful forms as we sprang into the water.

On land, we became wild horses. While other girls played with Barbie dolls I have to admit the animal kingdom had my attention. As a young girl I visited a farm in Springtime and met piglets. From then on…I wanted a pig for a pet. No such luck….

I did have some not so usual pets, like seahorses, turtles and hermit crabs, the easy on my mom ones. She refused, understandably, to allow me to have a pig in our suburban home. My sister and I routinely rescued wildlife from the neighborhood cats and set up a hospital in our playhouse.

By college I became vegetarian, partly because of lack of money. The real turning point was my job as a cook. The large portions of animal meat that needed sliced was more than I could look at. I had made the connection that meat was in fact, an animal. The beings I adored. Fortunately, my compassionate manager let me try my hand at vegetarian entrees. Well, they took off. Soon I was designing and managing a second restaurant.

As a vegetarian in the late 70’s I ate a lot of dairy and gluten products. Ahh, if only we knew then what we know now. Around that time I accepted a challenge to eat macrobiotically for 30 days. A macrobiotic cuisine is animal (some consume fish) and dairy free. I was told I would feel better and have more energy. I didn’t believe this could be true since I already felt great. I was wrong. Removing dairy from my cuisine made a notable difference. And, the inclusion of sea vegetables, miso, and fermented foods started me on a new journey. I went on to cook for thousands of people…and discovered the blessed opportunity of nourishing others.

My life work has been rooted in service, mostly around cooking, or some aspect of sharing tools for healthier living. I knew I wanted to do more, especially for farm animals. Called to Rescue is a documentary that my sons and I created that shares stories of farm animal sanctuary founders, volunteers and inspiring individuals who have dedicated their lives to helping farm animals. These rescued animals are inspiring ambassadors for all of the other less fortunate.

Naomi Call’s Film

Called to Rescue

“’Called to Rescue’ poignantly and poetically gives voice not only to the core of a great cause, but to the very heart of our humanity.”

~ Jeff Lydon, Interim Executive Director,
Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary

“I highly recommend the documentary film, Called to Rescue. Because it really shows another way we can live with animals, instead of seeing them as things to be exploited, we can see them as beings that we can share life with. And this opens a doorway into understanding. It’s a very heart opening experience to watch the film and I think it helps raise consciousness about how we can live more peaceful and fulfilling lives ourselves. I highly recommend this film.”

~  Dr. Will Tuttle, International author of World Peace Diet,
composer and speaker

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