[Non] Human Person

(Persona [No] Humana )
Alex Cuellar, Rafa G. Sánchez | Documentary

2022 | 108 minutes | Spain

Sandra and Cecilia have spent their lives in captivity without committing a crime. An NGO fights for their release. The catch: they're not human.


Sandra and Cecilia have spent their entire lives in captivity. But there's a twist to their story—they're not human. These two, an orangutan and a chimpanzee, reside in separate Argentinian zoos under harsh conditions. However, their plight catches the attention of a Spanish NGO dedicated to their release.

Enter the 'Great Ape Project,' an organization determined to secure the recognition of Sandra and Cecilia's fundamental rights: the right to life, liberty, and freedom from torture. In a groundbreaking move, the NGO collaborates with Argentine lawyers to embark on a legal journey seeking personhood status for these non-human individuals.

The concept of 'non-human personhood' challenges traditional notions of legal rights, proposing that certain beings possess inherent rights regardless of species. As the legal battle unfolds, questions of ethics, humanity, and the nature of personhood come to the forefront, compelling viewers to reconsider their perceptions of rights and empathy.


"Does a chimpanzee have the right to freedom? The challenge of the documentary '[Non] Human Person'" — Cine con Ñ.

"Anthropocentrism in the spotlight" — Carla Pardo, 35 Milimetros

Main credits

Cuéllar, Alex (film director)
Cuéllar, Alex (screenwriter)
Sánchez, Rafa G. (film director)
Sánchez, Rafa G. (screenwriter)
Crespo, Xavier (film producer)
Claver, Juan Carlos (film producer)
Martínez, Bea (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Juan Meseguer, David Molina; editing, Estefanía Mora; music, Laura Beele.

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Seoul International Eco film Festival; CineAmbiente

DIRECTOR: Alex Cuellar, Rafa G. Sánchez


YEAR: 2022

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Spanish; English

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adult



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