Behind the Mask (2006 film)

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).[1][2]

Behind the Mask: The Story of the People Who Risk Everything to Save Animals
Directed byShannon Keith
Produced byShannon Keith
StarringGreg Avery
Steven Best
Mel Broughton
Rod Coronado
John Curtin
Chris DeRose
John Feldmann
Kevin Kjonaas
Ronnie Lee
Keith Mann
Ingrid Newkirk
Jerry Vlasak
Paul Watson
Robin Webb
Edited bySandra Mohr
Distributed byUncaged Films and ARME (Animal Rescue, Media & Education)
Release date
  • March 21, 2006 (2006-03-21)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States


The film is about animal rights activists who break into laboratories and other facilities to obtain 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. According to the film's producer Shannon Keith, a lawyer, "change only happens in society when laws are broken", and according to arsonist Melanie Arnold who set ablaze a slaughterhouse, "If I had an opportunity, I would do it again since economic damage to animal abusers is justifiable."[3]

See also


  1. "Satya Aug 06: Interview with Shannon Keith".
  2. "Political Media Review on Behind the Mask". 2 September 2019.
  3. Ghosh, Shubhobroto (19 January 2007). "Behind The Mask Review". The Telegraph (Calcutta, India). Archived from the original on 10 February 2007.
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