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Animal rights defenders since their teens, Finnish sisters Mai and Saila Kivelä cope with the hope and hopelessness of their activism while on divergent paths—Mai as a politician working on the Animal Welfare Act, and Saila participating in covert actions to expose violent and unethical farming practices. More than 10 years after confessing to secretly filming hundreds of farms and then spending years in court, Saila picks up the camera again, this time to document the toll animal rights activism has had on her personality and the traumatic lasting effects of all the things she has seen. As she interviews herself and others, Saila grapples with her youthful idealism and the limitations of change. In trying to fully understand the price of her activism, she wonders whether her work has made any difference at all or if her sister's efforts inside the system have. Is reform even possible in an industry that refuses to be looked at or look at itself? Angie Driscoll


  • Director(s)

    • Saila Kivelä
    • Vesa Kuosmanen
  • Producer(s)

    • Elli Toivoniemi
    • Juha Löppönen
    • Venla Hellstedt
  • Writer(s)

    • Saila Kivelä
    • Vesa Kuosmanen
  • Editor(s)

    • Jussi Sandhu
    • Anniina Kauttonen
  • Cinematography

    • Heini Mäntylä
  • Composer

    • Karin Mäkiranta
  • Sound

    • Aleksi Tegel

Promotional Partners

The Changing Face of Europe presented in partnership with

European Film Promotion

Nordic Bridges
This screening was made possible as part of NORDIC BRIDGES 2022 in collaboration with Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

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