Behind the Mask: The Story Of The People
Who Risk Everything To Save Animals is a 2006 documentary film about the
Animal Liberation Front (ALF). It took three years of filming, interviewing,
and editing to complete. The movie was created by animal-rights lawyer
Shannon Keith, who owns Uncaged Films and ARME (Animal Rescue, Media &
Education). The documentary was produced in response to a perceived bias in
the mainstream media against the animal rights movement.
The film is
about animal rights activists who break into laboratories and other
facilities to provide previously unseen footage of the way animals are used.
It includes well-known names within the animal rights movement, some of whom
have been imprisoned for taking direct action. The story of Jill Phipps, who
was killed when she fell under a lorry while protesting against the live
export of animals, is told, with her mother saying, "They call us terrorists
but the reality is that over the years four animal rights activists have
been killed during protests."
The UK première was held on
September 7, 2006 at the Exeter Phoenix Arts and Media Centre. Keith Mann
gave a talk and answered questions. Mann and others have since toured the
film extensively worldwide, organizing screenings in local cinemas and at
animal rights events. The Calcutta The Telegraph has said about the film:
"Regardless of what one thinks about the tactics of the Animal Liberation
Front, the film is an extraordinary one that is well worth watching" Animal