Unlocking the Cage

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Unlocking the Cage
Unlocking the Cage poster.jpg
Directed byChris Hegedus
D.A. Pennebaker
StarringSteven Wise
Music byJames Lavino
Pennebaker Hegedus Films
HBO Documentary Films
Distributed byFirst Run Features
Release date
  • January 25, 2016 (2016-01-25) (Sundance)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States

Unlocking the Cage is a 2016 American documentary film about the work of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) and lawyer Steven Wise's efforts to achieve legal rights for nonhuman animals directed by D. A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus. It was the final film directed by Pennebaker before his death in August 2019.

The Guardian called it an "exemplary animal rights documentary", and that it "presents some fascinating legal and ethical issues".[1] Variety called it "tiresome".[2]


  1. ^ "Unlocking the Cage review – exemplary animal rights documentary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-09-09.
  2. ^ Debruge, Peter. "'Unlocking the Cage' Review: Legal Battle Shows Animals Are People Too". Variety. Retrieved 2016-09-09.

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