“A racially charged story that will mesmerize you… You have to see it to believe it and then wonder why they didn’t teach you this chapter in history class.”–Oregon Documentary Film Festival
Human Zoos is an award-winning film that reveals the shocking history of how people from Africa and elsewhere were put on exhibition as missing links between humans and apes. Human Zoos also explores the dehumanizing impact of the eugenics crusade, an effort to breed better humans based on the principles of Darwinian evolution. On Martin Luther King Day weekend (Sunday, Jan. 20), you can see Human Zoos for free and participate in a post-screening discussion with the film’s director Dr. John West and a local panel. The screening takes place at 3:00 pm in the auditorium of First Baptist Church, College and Carroll, Athens, Texas. The event is sponsored by the Athens Community of Churches.
Human Zoos features Pulitzer Prize-winning author Pamela Newkirk, author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga (winner of the NAACP Image Award); California State University historian Richard Weikart, author of The Death of Humanity; philosopher Jay Richards of The Catholic University of America; and theologian Olufemi Oluniyi of the Centre for Values and Social Change in Nigeria.
The documentary has earned numerous awards, including “Best in Show” by the Cinema Worldfest Awards in Toronto, Canada; “Best Editing” from the Oregon Documentary Film Festival; and “Awards of Excellence” from the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards and the Impact DOCS Awards.