unlocking the cage


 Wednesday, August 24, 2016- Chilmark Community Center

Discussion to follow with directors Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker

 Dirs. Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker l Documentary | U.S.A. | 2016 | 91 min.

Renowned filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus follow determined animal rights activist and lawyer Steven Wise into the courtroom as he argues against ineffective animal welfare laws. The unusual plaintiffs—chimpanzees Tommy and Kiko, once famed showbiz stars—are now living in filth and struggling to survive. Wise and his team file the first lawsuits that seek to extend limited personhood rights and ensuing legal protections to them. Heartwarming and challenging, this powerfully crafted story breaks down the science, legalities, and psychology behind a battle that has the potential to transform our legal system.

“A surprisingly suspenseful and compelling courtroom thriller.... Simply put, Unlocking the Cage tells a great story.” –  Screen Daily 


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