Rockland's Strand Theatre will screen the highly-acclaimed documentary, Unlocking the Cage, directed by Academy Award nominated directors Chris Hegedus and D. A. Pennebaker, who best known for their films Don't Look Back and The War Room. Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project legal team in their unprecedented court challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.
From roadside zoos to courtroom battles, it is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform the U.S. legal system, and one man's lifelong quest to protect "nonhuman" animals.
Unlocking the Cage first premiered in 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival and has been shown at dozens of film festivals across the globe. Proceeds from this screening support Save The Chimps (STC), a 150-acre chimpanzee sanctuary in Florida that includes 12 three-acre islands for chimpanzees retired and rescued from research, entertainment, and the pet industry.
More than 250 chimpanzees at Save The Chimps sanctuary are provided life-long protection and care. STC executive director Molly Polidoroff and representatives from both P.A.W.S Animal Adoption Center and Pope Memorial Humane Society will be on hand to answers questions about their organizations.
The Nonhuman Rights Project works to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, advocacy, and education. Its board of directors includes renowned primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall.
The June 11 event will include a full screening followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Shelley Johnson, with Save The Chimps Executive Director Molly Polidoroff, and representatives from the Nonhuman Rights Project.
The film begins at 5:30 p.m. To learn more about the film and the Nonhuman Rights Project visit nonhumanrights.org