Koko: A Talking Gorilla

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 - 7:00pm

International House, 3701 Chestnut Street

Koko: A Talking Gorilla

In collaboration with Penn Cinema Studies and International House Philadelphia


Koko: A Talking Gorilla
(dir. Barbet Schroeder, 1978, 80 min.)

Teaching Koko human communication is not all sunlight and sweetness in this candid documentary of Koko and her trainer Dr. Francine “Penny” Patterson. Is teaching human sign language to gorillas a breakthrough in communication between humans and apes? Or does it suggest something more troubling about how humans view animals?

Introduction: Shereen Chang, PhD Candidate, Philosophy and Graduate Fellow, Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities

 

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Screening is free and open to the public. Pre-registration required. Classes welcome, with pre-registration.