The Human Zoo

Sunday, November 1 on 4

In the 19th and early 20th centuries, scientists were so fascinated by race that thousands of “exotic” and indigenous people from all over the world were put on display in human zoos. This documentary, broadcast as part of the Race: Science’s Last Taboo season, explores the phenomenon of human zoos and tells the poignant story of Ota Benga, a Batwa pygmy from the Belgian Congo, who was first put on display at the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair and then the Bronx Zoo, where he was labelled as the “missing link”. As the film reveals, it was only a short step from these human zoos to the horrors of Nazi Germany.

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