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Unlocking the Cage (2016)

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Between 2013 and 2015, a group of nonprofit attorneys seek nonhuman clients for whom they can advocate in two U.S. territories, in order to establish legal personhood for elephants, cetaceans and nonhuman apes in the U.S.
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Follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans, by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform a chimpanzee from a 'thing' with no rights to a 'person' with legal protections.

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22 June 2016 (UK)  »

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L'avocat des chimpanzés  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$3,624, 3 June 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$26,560, 29 July 2016
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Who is a Legal Person?
17 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

The next step in Human Evolution is the documentary film, Unlocking the Cage. The film follows Non Human Rights Project, Founder and Attorney Steven Wise, as he sets out to prove that cognitively complex animals such as Chimpanzees, Elephants, Whales and Dolphins have the capacity for limited personhood rights. Academy Award Nominated Filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus spent several years documenting Steven Wise and his journey to ask the question, what does it mean to be autonomous and should sentient beings have the right to freedom? If you liked The Cove and An Apology to Elephants then you'll love Unlocking the Cage! Not since Blackfish has there been a film as important to the Anti-Captivity Movement.

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