Unlocking the Cage
Release Date: May 25
Directors: Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
Doc legends Hegedus and Pennebaker (The War Room, Startup.com) train their cameras on Steven Wise, the animal rights attorney heading up the movement to grant chimpanzees and other thinking animals the right to live autonomous lives — specifically by extending the writ of habeas corpus to non-humans. It’s tricky territory, legally and morally (particularly when analogies to slavery start popping up), and the filmmakers don’t always manage to turn it into riveting cinema. But it’s a thoughtful, hopeful film, filled with dedicated and inspiring advocates, and the courtroom scenes are absolutely fascinating.