Just Animals

Eläinoikeusjuttu

Czech premiere

Saila, Kristo and Mai want better conditions on Finnish animal farms. Will they achieve real changes or is the meat industry undefeatable?

Ten years ago, Saila Kivelä and other activists shot illegal footage at animal farms. Their testimony about the conditions in which the animals live shocked many in Finland and beyond. For Saila, her activities subsequently led to a three-year legal battle. Her sister Mai chooses a different path in her fight for animal rights – she enters politics, which causes tension between the sisters. In addition to documenting the complexity of promoting changes in society, the film is the personal story of Saila, who refuses to come to terms with the fact that reality does not meet her expectations about justice. The directing duo of Saila Kivelä and Vesa Kuosmanen approach a painful theme with sensitivity and playfulness.

Impact

Animal cruelty on farms is a long-standing problem that many activists are trying to raise awareness about. One of them is the protagonist of the documentary Just Animals, who is wondering how to run this type of activism. If you are asking yourself something similar, one option is to visit the Animal Equality website. You will learn a lot about current animal rights campaigns, and you can also start by making a financial contribution to help prevent animal cruelty. 

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About the film

Finland
2022 / 82 min.

Director
Saila Kivelä, Vesa Kuosmanen

Language
Finnish

Subtitles
Czech, English

Director

Saila Kivelä

Saila Kivelä

2022 - Just Animals
Vesa Kuosmanen

Vesa Kuosmanen

2022 - Just Animals
2015 - Night Goes Long
2012 - Somma sommarum

Screenings

27. 3.
20:30 h
Praha: Ponrepo
Discussion
Petr Beneš, Otevři oči
Lukáš Vincour, Zvířata nejíme
30. 3.
20:30 h
Praha: Bio Oko
Discussion
Saila Kivelä, director and protagonist
Vesa Kuosmanen, director
31. 3.
18:30 h
Praha: Městská knihovna MS
Discussion
Vesa Kuosmanen, director

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