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.”
When science is considered the only route to knowledge, scientific experts are given the right to rule, and science becomes totalitarian.