Official Trailer for Animal Rights Documentary 'Unlocking the Cage'
"All we can do is kick the first door open." Kick it in and make some noise! First Run Features has debuted an official trailer for a documentary called Unlocking the Cage, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this January and profiles animal rights lawyer Steven Wise and his attempt to make sure all animals are recognized with rights just like humans. Co-directed by Chris Hegedus & D.A. Pennebaker, the film follows Wise around between 2013 and 2015 as he attempts to find any and all "non-human" clients for his campaign to help them establish legal person-hood. This actually looks like a very intriguing and timely film that captures a key moment in history, somewhat like Blackfish and other recent animal activism docs.
Here's the official trailer for the documentary Unlocking the Cage, in high def from Apple:
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 "thing" with no rights to a "person" with legal protections. 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 lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect "nonhuman" animals. The documentary is co-directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker. A First Run Features + HBO Documentary Films release opening in theaters starting May 25th. Interested?