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Behind the Mask: The Story of The People Who Risk Everything to Save Animals

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The Animal Liberation Front, comprised of clandestine animal rights activists, is now labeled the number one domestic terrorist threat by the FBI. Director Shannon Keith goes Behind the Mask and captures the hearts and souls of men and women who unveil their individual struggles for Animal Liberation.

Who are these animal liberationists and why do they believe that breaking the law is the best way to help animals? What inspires them to challenge the status quo, fight against all odds, and endure public reproach?

Behind the Mask exposes never-before-seen footage that reveals the extent to which these individuals will go to save the lives of animals.

People of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the globe, tell their tales of liberation, incarceration, sacrifice and determination, while exclusive underground footage reveals heart-thumping action sure to leave you wondering, who are these people...?

Awards & Festivals: * Documentary of the Year by Veg News 2006
* Winner Best Documentary at: Independent Features Film Festival 2007
* Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival 2007
* Other Venice Film Festival 2007

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  • Actors: Keith Mann, John Feldman, Rod Coronado, Kevin Jonas, Steven Best
  • Directors: Shannon Keith
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: PM Press/Uncaged Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BWYT58
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,213 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Almost in the same league as Earthlings, this documentary takes a look at animal cruelty from a different angle -- that of those that risk their freedom and life to help those that are least able to defend themselves, non-human animals. Labeled as the #1 domestic terrorist organization by the FBI, the ALF, or Animal Liberation Front, is really not an organization that has any structure, making it very difficult for authorities to shut down. It is an abstract entity in which people that have compassion for all animals carry out their missions.

The documentary is graphic, for sure, but I believe it is the most effective way of communicating the message. Watch this film and be moved. Then if you have not had enough tears of pain, or redness because of anger, watch Earthlings (narrated by Joaquin Phoenix).
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Their words are extremely powerful. If you want to understand the reality of the Animal Liberation Front and the humanity of those working within it, you can do no better than to watch this. It looks at the movement both in the UK and the US, and gives you not only interviews with activists withing the movement, but also footage liberated along with the animals during many of the ALF's raids.

It is also useful for any organizers to see how the movement is structured...or unstructured as the case may be. The ALF has a set of principles and anyone can form a chapter, carry out their own direct actions, and there is no communication between them. It really is an ingenious way of propagating the movement in the face of repression.

There were only two things that gave me pause on this film, the first is the beginning and ending footage of Martin Luther King, this comparison really bothers me. A lot. And the second was one of the women who went undercover in a lab, there's a weird screen behind her as she talks, but mostly it's because she fell in love with one of the monkeys because he was the most human...and that bothered me to.

But it's a great film, and a great introduction to the movements against animal cruelty, and a way to understand the importance of direct action in that movement.
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Some people think they're are heroes, some think they are terrorists, and others think they just some nuts. This DVD told me the REAL story of who they are and why they do what they do. No matter how you feel about them, you can't help but be amazed and inspired at the lengths these people are willing to go to for their beliefs, and some people might just change their minds after watching this.
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Heroes that risk incarceration to save helpless creatures from senseless and cruel testing. A must see documentary.
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