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Unlocking the Cage - Documentary Film and Panel Discussion

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Baltimore, MD 21201

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Documentary screening and panel discussion about granting legal rights to nonhuman animals

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The first film in the Berman Institute of Bioethics' 25th Anniversary film series is “Unlocking the Cage,” a film by Chris Hegedus and the late D.A Pennebaker — the renowned documentary team that received a special Oscar in 2012. Coco the gorilla plays an important part in this film along with animal rights activist/attorney Steven Wise. The documentary captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Wise’s impassioned arguments to grant rights to “nonhuman” animals. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect living creatures.

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Steven Wise, animal rights activist/attorney

Jeff Kahn, Director, Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Berman Institute and Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy

Ruth Faden, Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and founder, Berman Institute of Bioethics

Tom Beauchamp, Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, and Senior Research Scholar at the University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics

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