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Vancouver Premiere: The Animal People
UBC Robson Square Theatre Room C300
Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver Premiere: The Animal People


Executive Producer: Joaquin Phoenix

An unprecedented journey inside a radical animal rights campaign that shook multinational corporations to their core and led to the first-ever indictment of six young American activists for terrorism.


Presented by the Vancouver Vegan Resource Centre, Animal Voices Vancouver and Vancouver Chicken Save


More than ten years in the making, the feature documentary THE ANIMAL PEOPLE, from directors Cassandra Suchan and Denis Henry Hennelly, follows the journey of six young activists who find themselves indicted as terrorists by the United States government. The reason for indictment: the activists' leadership of a controversial open protest campaign aiming to close down the largest animal testing laboratory in the world. Featuring expansive interviews with the six activists spanning more than a decade, rare archival footage  including never-before-seen surveillance footage, wiretaps, and government documents, The Animal People is a chilling portrait of what happens when activism rattles the institutions of power.


Proceeds from this screening will be directed to the legal team representing Amy Soranno, and indirectly, every activist who participated in #MeatTheVictims Canada.

Amy Soranno organized the first Canadian edition of Meat The Victims, a mass action which exposed the horrors of " humane", " local", "family" farming at Excelsior Hog Farm in Abbotsford, BC. Alongside 49 other activists, Amy was arrested. As the organizer, she was singled out and is the only activist currently facing criminal charges.

The court case will be a major opportunity to expose the realities of this facility- and the industry as a whole. Amy set up a GoFundMe, to aid in her lawyer and legal fees, and continue the fight against animal AG in court. Due to a technical error with the fundraising platform, every dollar (over $15k) was refunded to the supporters. Together, as activists, participants and supporters in Meat The Victims- we will work to get these funds back to Amy, and continue the fight within the legal system.

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather, on which this event is taking place, is the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwmkwym (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:l and Slílwta/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations.


Accessibility info for UBC Robson Square:

The building is fully wheelchair accessible. There are two options on how to get to C300 (classroom level):

1. Elevator from the street level on Hornby Street. (see map in Jul 22 post below).

2. Ramps blended into stairs on the South side of Robson Square (Provincial court side, not Art Gallery side).

3. There are accessible, gender-neutral washrooms located on the same level as the theatre.

If any guests have questions pertaining to accessiblity in any capacity that are not covered here, please feel free to also contact us directly for additional information.

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This event has a no-tolerance policy for any prejudice based on gender identification, sexual orientation, cultural and/or racial background, religion, level of ability, and/or financial status.


Additional information and media contact:

Zoe Peled



UBC Robson Square Theatre Room C300 (View)
800 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7


Film > Movies
Other > Fundraisers
Other > Political

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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