Barbet Schroeder | France 1978, 85 minutes | 6:15pm, Thursday 17 February at the IMA
This free screening of Koko: A Talking Gorilla is presented as a partnership between Queensland Film Festival and the Institute of Modern Art.
In 1977, acclaimed director Barbet Schroeder entered the universe of the world’s most famous primate to create the captivating documentary Koko: A Talking Gorilla. The film introduces us to Koko soon after she was brought from the San Francisco Zoo to Stanford University by Dr. Penny Patterson for a controversial experiment—she would be taught the basics of human communication through American Sign Language. An entertaining, troubling, and still relevant documentary, Koko: A Talking Gorilla sheds light on the ongoing ethical and philosophical debates over the individual rights of animals and brings us face-to-face with an amazing gorilla caught in the middle.
D Barbet Schroeder P Margaret Ménégoz C Néstor Almendros E Dominique Auvray and Denise de Casabianca
Distribution: Films du Losange
Introduced by Courtney Morgans of the Biological Sciences School at the University of Queensland