The FBI tagged them terrorists. They are under constant threat of
arrest in the United States and some of them might even get killed in
action, but the ALF activists persist. 'Behind the Mask,' a
controversial documentary that was banned for screening in many
countries, tells the story of ordinary people who are willing to pay
with their lives for their beliefs
"I might be thrown back to jail, I might get killed, but it is a price
I am willing to pay as a fighter for the welfare of animals," declared
an activist of the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), interviewed on
"Behind the Mask," a documentary by director Shannon Keith.
This highly controversial documentary depicts the struggle of
pro-animal activists in the USA and Europe, who are willing to risk
their lives trying to free animals from research labs, industrialized
farms, or anywhere there is fear animals are abused for a profit.
The ALF, which the FBI had tagged as one of the most dangerous
organizations threatening the US home security, takes direct action
against animal abuse. They damage and destroy property, of course, but
will never hurt humans. The ALF activists intend to rescue as many
animals as possible and stop their abuse and torment by pressuring the
abusing companies. Only by causing physical damage will the systematic
abuse of animals stop, they claim.
"The film is a rare and fascinating document that shows the concerns
of ordinary people who feel that the legitimate rights of the animals
are violated. This makes them take the law into their hands and take
steps that include damaging property," said Daniel Erlich, producer of
the "Animal Log" TV show, dedicated to the rights of animals in Israel
In Israel, after Yes, the cable company, decided against airing it, it
was screened in front of packed theaters in the Cinematheques of Tel
Aviv, Jerusalem, and Rosh Pina. Erlich believes that this will kick
the butts of animal lovers and activists in Israel and encourage them
to take action too.
"Taking any kind of action - from writing letters to the authorities
to staging demonstrations - could help the situation, particularly at
a time when the media and commercials are trying to dictate the
moods," he concluded. "This film does not show chicken happily jumping
into ovens, but offers a different view of people who decided to fight
against the horrors, even if they might pay with their own freedom."