Human Zoos Screening at Kennedy-King College Oct. 18


“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 reveals the shocking history of how people from Africa and elsewhere were put on exhibition as missing links between humans and apes. See the documentary and participate in a post-screening discussion at the U Building Theater at Kennedy-King College on Thursday, October 18 from 12:30-2:00 pm. Refreshments will be provided! The post-screening discussion will feature the film’s director, Dr. John West; Dr. Eric Wallace of Freedom’s Journal Institute; and Kennedy-King African American Studies Professor Dr. Daniel Davis and Sociology/Anthropology Professor Dr. Bonnie Harrison. The panel will be moderated by Prof. Ted Williams, Chair of the Social Sciences Department at Kennedy-King.

Human Zoos features Prof. Ted Williams as well as 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.