Unlocking the Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise in his unprecedented challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans.
After thirty years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, Steve and his legal team - the Nonhuman Rights Project - are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections. Supported by affidavits from primatologists around the world, Steve maintains that, based on scientific evidence, cognitively complex animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins, and elephants have the capacity for limited personhood rights (such as bodily liberty) that would protect them from physical abuse. Using writs of habeas corpus (historically used to free humans from unlawful imprisonment), Wise argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State.
Unlocking the Cage captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Steve’s impassioned arguments. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect “nonhuman” animals.
Join us for this wondrous evening of film, live music, chocolate tasting and a delicious Indian buffet dinner!
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CHOCOLATE TASTING - THE CHOCOLATE YOGI
Raw, organic, vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, handmade, fair-trade, locally mad and simply delicious chocolate :-)
LIVE MUSIC - DIREWOLF & KYM STATON
Drawing inspiration from artists such as Bon Iver, Ben Howard and Tallest Man on Earth ...24 year old Matt Dewar (aka “Direwolf”) is a stout product of the undiscovered indie/folk movement. Direwolf has had three releases over the past year and a half, Goodbye (Single) – 2013, Alone on a Hill (Single) - 2014, Direwolf (Untitled EP) – 2014
These releases have earned him reviews such as:
“I can hear this being a really special song to a lot of people. It's filled with some pretty genuine emotion.” – Dave Ruby Howe, Triple J
“His name is true to his music, tragic and wolf like. Full of howls and a lingering sadness” – Sofar Sounds, Sydney
After dusting off some formidable gigs at some of Sydney’s best alternative and mainstream venues, Direwolf plans to tour the east coast of Australia on the back of his most recent release.
Have a listen to his music on JJJ Unearthed >> click here
Kym Staton launched into the sydney singer/songwriter scene in 2012 and has attracted a steady following after performing many gigs at intimate venues around Sydney including The Factory Theatre, The Newsagency, Dome Bar, The White Horse, Broadway Lounge, and lots of small cafes and bars. He has a unique sound that is both exotic and earthy, and a repertoire that is an eclectic concoction of blues, jazz, folk and celtic covers, weird old songs and unusual originals. His rare rock tenor voice goes from subtle to soaring in a heartbeat and his exquisite interplay of captivating vocals and a deft touch on a telecaster must to be heard to be believed. Check out some of his songs on youtube here
Your ticket price includes a delicious Indian vegetarian and vegan dinner in Govindas Restaurant. The menu includes delicious Indian dahl soup, various vegetable curries, baked penne pasta, cauliflower pakoras, potato wedges, rice, papadams, bread & a variety of salads, sauces and side dishes. In their words: "We believe in giving value for money and encourage you to visit the buffet as many times as you like through out your evening with us"
5.45pm: Doors open, optional early dinner
6.00pm: Live music and chocolate tasting
8pm: Optional late dinner
Govindas is 5 mins walk from Kings Cross train station.
There is ticketed street parking in surrounding streets.
(includes film, music, chocolate tasting and dinner!)
Adults = $40
Students/Pensioners/concession = $35
* Please note that tickets are NOT refundable, but may be given to a friend to attend.
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