|Unlocking the Cage – Trailer
Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. Arguing that cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights, Steve and his legal team are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a â€œthingâ€� with no rights to a â€œpersonâ€� with legal protections. Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steveâ€™s impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one manâ€™s lifelong quest to protect â€œnonhumanâ€� animals. A First Run Features Release in Association with HBO Documentary Films.
Directed by: Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker
Starring: Steven M. Wise, Natalie Prosin, Elizabeth Stein, Mary Lee Jensvold, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh