25th Anniversary Film Series – “Unlocking the Cage” on March 18
1711 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21212
As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, the Berman Institute is proud to present “Expanding Our Conversations: Films that Underscore Important Issues in Bioethics,” a series of documentary film screenings followed by panel discussions of the important bioethical issues they raise.
The first film in the 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 Stephen 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.
Panelists (click here for panelists’ full bios):
- Steven Wise, former president of the Animal Defense Legal Fund and founder and president of the Nonhuman Rights Project
- Jeff Kahn, 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