Did you know that, according to the FBI, America’s number-one domestic terrorist threat today is… animal activist groups?! Oscar-winning filmmaker Curt Johnson’s incredible indie documentary on America’s war on animal activism, activist’s wars on irresponsible industry, activist infighting and how the extreme actions of a small minority threaten to destroy the movement for everyone, is one of this year’s most important films. As a result of its remarkably even-handed approach, Your Mommy Kills Animals, which takes its title from the name of a pamphlet that PETA once distributed to children, has already proven to be a confrontational experience for people on either side of the debate. An arsenal of uncomfortable shades of grey are addressed and hypocrisies are explored in all corners.
In addition to appearances by PJ O’Rourke, Moby, Jessica Biel, Drew Carrey, Bo Derek, Joe Montegna, Margot Kidder and Tippi Hendren, Mommy Kills covers the trial of key members from SHAC (Stop Huntington Animal Cruelty), shows us explosive footage of riots, bombings and scuffles, along with the brutal industrial treatment of animals that brings such violent protests forth, lets us hear from the Animal Liberation Front, various indie animal groups, and their detractors. It reveals the shockingly un-animal-friendly behaviour of PETA (who have a significantly higher kill rate than any shelter in the US, a heartbreaking result of their all-or nothing “liberty or death” position), and touches on George W. Bush’s recent, draconian Animal Enterprise Act, which counters the extreme actions -- threats, arson –- of the movement’s fringe with jail time not only for those who torch labs, but for those who even speak about the possibility of doing so. Since then, in very short time, peaceful activists have found themselves wiretapped, intimidated, prosecuted and jailed. That pro-life groups escape equivalent measures is among the many questions Mommy Kills raises that reach beyond the issue of animals. By the film’s conclusion, it is clear that free speech and the right to civilized protest have never been more endangered than they are today. A brave and vital piece of work.
"The bravest American film I've ever seen. Best indie film of the
year." - CINEPHILIA MAGAZINE
"Provocative... Those who think they know where they stand on this
issue should see this film " - NOW MAGAZINE
"A great no-holds barred film" - AINT IT COOL
Hosted by Director CURT JOHNSON
WINNER: Public Prize, Silver Fantasia, Best Documentary, Fantasia 2007
Director: Curt Johnson
Screenplay: Curt Johnson
Cast: Paul Watson
Producers: Curt Johnson, Earl Easley, John P. Hamilton, Nathan Deal, Dennis Banks