Ota Benga


Monday, Nov. 9 at 7:00pm
Missouri History Museum

In 1904, Congolese pygmy Ota Benga was removed from Central Africa and brought to St. Louis for exhibition at the World's Fair as evidence of an inferior species. At the end of the fair, Ota Benga was sent to New York City's Bronx Zoo, where he was housed with primates and displayed with monkeys as the "missing link" between human and apes. In the eyes of his captors, he served as living proof of Darwin's theory of evolution. This revealing -- and disturbing -- documentary is directed by University of Missouri-St. Louis professor Niyi Coker Jr.

U.S./Cameroon/Congo/France/Switzerland/U.K., 2015, 55 min.

Directed by

Niyi Coker Jr.

Film Category

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With director Coker.