The Animal People

2019 • 96 minutes
3.7
6 reviews
Eligible
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More than ten years in the making, the feature documentary THE ANIMAL PEOPLE, from directors Cassandra Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly, follows the journey of six young activists who find themselves indicted as terrorists by the United States government. The reason for indictment: the activists' leadership of a controversial open protest campaign aiming to close down the largest animal testing laboratory in the world. The activists used the then fledgling internet to dramatically magnify their impact and systematically knocked down pillars of financial support for the lab. But when protests began to mushroom into dead-of-night vandalism and worse by unknown underground elements, the FBI stepped in. The Bureau began an unprecedented campaign of surveillance, creating a model that would later be used against Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. The United States Congress, under corporate pressure, rewrote laws in specific preparation for prosecution, potentially weakening free speech rights for all Americans. Featuring expansive interviews with the six activists spanning more than a decade, rare archival footage – including never-before-seen surveillance footage, wiretaps, and government documents, The Animal People is a chilling portrait of what happens when activism rattles the institutions of power.
3.7
6 reviews
Kat Chan
June 27, 2022
Amazing brave compassionate selfless people that are fighting rights for the voiceless, how can this viewed anything but heroic? Imagine you were in the victims position, you would beg for anyone to save you at least speak up about your suffering. How are these people trash with 0 ethic or a bunch of losers? They are literally sacrificing their own liberties to help other animals that are powerless, it's that such a caring thing to do? Working so hard to take down a system of oppression.
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Derek Grell
January 10, 2020
This movie was way better than I was expecting! I recommend it to everyone who claims to care about animals and the people who are trying to make the world a better place for them. I am inspired to say the least.
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Alex Douger
February 23, 2020
Inspiring, change starts with us.
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