PLEASE NOTE: THIS DOCHOUSE THURSDAYS PREVIEW TAKES PLACE ON TUESDAY 14TH JUNE IN THE RENOIR SCREEN OF CURZON BLOOMSBURY.
“A surprisingly suspenseful and compelling courtroom thriller. . . . Simply put, Unlocking the Cage tells a great story.” - Screen Daily
The latest film from legendary directors, DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steve Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.
After thirty years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections. Based on scientific evidence, Steve argues that cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights (such as bodily liberty) that would protect them from physical abuse.
Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve’s impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a case that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals.
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We're delighted that this screening will be followed by a live Q&A with directors DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus and the subject of the film, Steve Wise. The discussion will be chaired by Nick Fraser, Commissioning Editor of BBC Storyville.
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