Saila is a committed activist for animal rights. Her elder sister Mai has been always Saila’s biggest idol but now that she has chosen a different path, politics, and Saila fears she might become a part of the machinery they had been together fighting.”We Are Animals” is a deeply personal story about growing up into activism and facing one’s limits. The film spans a decade-long follow-up material, Saila, and her sister Mai’s childhood home videos and secretly filmed footage from the animal industrial farms.
The filmmakers have very unique access within the animal rights movement, as well as the backstage of political decision-making. What kind of commitment does the struggle for animals requires – and will it ever be enough? What happens when the utopia does not come true as imagined and you are alone facing the legal consequences? How do you cope with the idealism you grew up into or with the realism that just crashes your sense of justice?
Vesa Kuosmanen, Saila Kivelä
Elli Toivoniemi, Venla Hellstedt, Juha Löppönen / Tuffi Films
festivals and awards:
2022 – CPH:DOX Copenhagen,: 2022 – One World Film Festival Prague, 2022 – Hot Docs Toronto
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