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Unlocking the Cage (2016)

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The Nonhuman Rights Project does amazing work. I’m a fan of Steven Wise’s book Rattling the Cage so this account, filmed by doc veteran DA Pennebaker is a welcome opportunity to see what they are trying to achieve for animals through legal means. This tracks the process of the team’s attempts to act on behalf of apes, elephants and cetaceans by interrogating the notion of personhood (which applies to corporations) for creatures who cannot enter into human contracts. Chris Hegedus does an amazing job keeping up the tension but there are scenes which are frankly distressing as we are exposed to the conditions of the animals they are representing. And if you have read anything lately, you will know that Tommy, one of the chimps from the movie Project X, with Matthew Broderick, is now missing:  supremely ironic and sick. Between Wise, Peter Singer and David Attenborough we might yet triumph over the vile predilections of humans. A fine piece of work and a fascinating film.

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