Hegedus, C. (Director), & Pennebaker, D. A. (Director). (2016).Unlocking the Cage [Motion Picture]. United States: Pennebaker Hegedus Films.Ranarivelo, A. (Director). (2016).The Dog Lover: The Wrong Side of Right [Motion Picture]. United States: esx Entertainment.Unlocking the Cage and The Dog Lover are about how the law weighs, or fails to weigh, our allegiances to other animal beings. In the documentary Unlocking, an animal advocate challenges the premise that only human beings deserve freedom from unlawful imprisonment. His legal argument vexes and confuses an unsuspecting judiciary, which is far more comfortable conceiving of nonhuman beings as entitled only to freedom from cruel conditions and suffering, not beings with interests that might be impeded. The promise of Unlocking is that it plants an irritation in the justice system that can grow into something more. On the opposite end of the spectrum is the fictionalized The Dog Lover, a thinly veiled attack on the Humane Society of the United States. When field operative Sara goes undercover at a hunting dog breeding operation, she reverses her alliances, ultimately setting out to protect the breeder by exposing the hsus as mercenary and corrupt. The cinematic court agrees and acquits the breeder at trial, contradicting the
Society & Animals – Brill
Published: Feb 20, 2018
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