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Bell Media Best of Hot Docs: Unlocking the Cage

Program Running Time 92 min.

Jul 09 06:00 pm

Films in Program

(USA, 2015, 92 mins, DCP)

By what right do humans lord it over the animals? Does animal consciousness rewrite the ethics book when it comes to the way we treat primates? Documentary veterans Chris Hegadus and DA Pennebaker cover the fascinating story of lawyer Steven Wise, who is petitioning the courts to extend human rights to cognitively complex creatures likes chimpanzees, elephants, dolphins and whales. After all, if the Supreme Court believes corporations are persons before the law, shouldn’t our genetic ancestors enjoy a superior claim? It may sound outlandish, but as the film shows, society may be on the brink of a monumental cultural shift…


Bell Media Best of Hot Docs: Tickled

Program Running Time 92 min.

Jul 10 08:40 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: David Farriar, Dylan Reeve
(New Zealand, 2016, 92 mins, DCP)

Nothing can prepare you for the weirdness that is Tickled: when journalist David Farrier stumbles across an online video for "competitive endurance tickling", he knows there must be a story there. But he no idea of where this is going to take him. In fact within five minutes we promise, your mind is going to be boggled, and things will only get curiouser and curiouser…


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