Unlocking the Cage, which we open today at the Monica Film Center and tomorrow at the Playhouse 7, 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. The Hollywood Reporter described the film as “a crisp and convincing doc” and Indiewire “eye-opening.”
The filmmakers, Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker, were interviewed on Madeleine Brand’s KCRW show Press Play yesterday. You can listen to it by clicking here.