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The Animal People (2019)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 10 December 2019 (USA)
A chilling portrait of what happens when activism rattles the institutions of power.




Credited cast:
Steven Best Steven Best ... Self (professor of philosophy)
Heidi Boghosian Heidi Boghosian ... Self (National Lawyers Guild)
George W. Bush ... Self (archive footage)
Brian Cass Brian Cass ... Self (HLS) (archive footage)
Jake Conroy Jake Conroy ... Self (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty)
Darioush Dagdar Darioush Dagdar ... Self (HLS, 1996-2002)
Alexandra Deyo Alexandra Deyo ... Self (SHAC Philadelphia activist)
Daniel Andreas San Diego Daniel Andreas San Diego ... Self (rumored)
Katie Fedor Katie Fedor ... Self
Darius Fulmer Darius Fulmer ... Self (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty)
Lauren Gazzola Lauren Gazzola ... Self (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty)
Ray Greek Ray Greek ... Self (former animal researcher)
Josh Harper Josh Harper ... Self (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty)
Paul Hetznecker Paul Hetznecker ... Self (attorney)
Tim Hitchins Tim Hitchins ... Self (SHAC Florida activist) (as Tim Hitchens)


Fifteen years in the making, this feature documentary - Executive Produced by Joaquin Phoenix - follows the journey of six young Americans who find themselves targeted as terrorists by the US government for their involvement in a controversial protest campaign. Seeing the future of social movement organizing, the activists used the then fledgling internet to dramatically magnify their impact as they systematically knocked out the pillars of financial support that kept the company in business. But when letter writing and protests began to mushroom into dead-of-night vandalism and worse by unknown activists, this corporation and the government formed an alliance to destroy the group. The FBI began an unprecedented campaign of surveillance in preparation for prosecution, creating a model that would later be used against Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter. Congress, under corporate influence, rewrote laws and bent the definition of incitement in order to accomplish the prosecution ...

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Self (professor of philosophy): Social change always happens through a wide variety of forces. It's always pluristic. And people wanna revise history. They wanna say, "Well, Gandhi won the Indian independence movement." Well, I'm sorry, Gandhi didn't win it alone. There were forces that were violently attacking the British, and that helped pressure the British to leave India. Dr. Martin Luther King did not win the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by himself. Standing behind him was Malcolm X. It wasn't hippies that stopped the ...
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A Voice for the Voiceless
11 March 2020 | by moveebuff1953See all my reviews

Until people start caring about how animals treated by greedy corporations that control gov't the poor animals will never stop being tormented in labs. It is easy to say you love animals because you have a dog or a cat but do you love animals enough to stand up and advocate for them? My heart go out to the activists who risked everything for the sake of the voiceless animals. I salute the brave who walk the walk...I love animals and stopped eating them because of it. I truly believe and hope that future generations will have more kindness and compassion in their hearts to actually stand up to ruthless uncaring corporations and gov't and say "ENOUGH" no more cruelty.

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