The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will screen the highly-acclaimed documentary “Unlocking the Cage” (2016, USA), directed by Academy Award- nominated Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (best known for “Don’t Look Back” and “The War Room”), Sunday, June 11, at 5:30 p.m.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion facilitated by Shelley Johnson, with Save The Chimps Executive Director Molly Polidoroff and representatives from the Nonhuman Rights Project.

“Unlocking the Cage” follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project legal team in their unprecedented court challenge to break down the legal wall that separates animals from humans. From roadside zoos to courtroom battles, 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.

“Unlocking the Cage” premiered in 2016 at the Sundance Film Festival and has been shown at dozens of film festivals across the globe; and on HBO. Proceeds from this screening support Save The Chimps, a 150-acre chimpanzee sanctuary in Florida that includes 12 three-acre islands for chimpanzees retired and rescued from research, entertainment and the pet industry. More than 250 chimpanzees at Save The Chimps sanctuary are provided life-long protection and care. Polidoroff and representatives from both P.A.W.S Animal Adoption Center and Pope Memorial Humane Society will be on hand to answers questions about their organizations.

The Nonhuman Rights Project works to secure legally recognized fundamental rights for nonhuman animals through litigation, advocacy and education. Its board of directors includes renowned primatologist Jane Goodall.

Tickets are $10, $5 for students, available at the Strand box office approximately 30 minutes prior to the screening. To learn more about the film and the Nonhuman Rights Project, visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or