Eco-Film Series: Unlocking the Cage

Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented unlocking-the-cage-movie-posterchallenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), are making history by filling the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a “thing” with no rights to a “person” with legal protections.

Supported by affidavits from primatologists around the world, Steve maintains that, based on scientific evidence, cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants have the capacity for limited person hood rights (such as bodily liberty) that would protect them from physical abuse. Using writs of habeas corpus (historically used to free humans from unlawful imprisonment), Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State.

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 out legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals.

Watch the trailer here.

Purchase advanced tickets here!


****Warning***** Graphic content NOT recommended for children under 16.



We are more than fortunate to have Dr. Jackie Prime of Prime Earth Education join us for this evening to share more about her work and to emphasize the importance of connecting and improving the natural world around us.




This event is in partnership with Prime Earth Education