Cruelty and injustice can seem an abstraction, committed against faceless people.
The film tells how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in what scholars today call “human zoos.”
The film shows how a number of Christians led opposition to both human zoos and eugenics.
“Most Americans realize we need to learn from the past,” said John West, writer and director of the new documentary Human Zoos. “But we can’t learn from the past if we cover it up.”
John West was in St. Louis recently and had the opportunity to explore the site of the 1904 World’s Fair, which featured a “human zoo.”