Proposal for documentary about Ota Benga

With screenwriter Barbara Palmer, Kevin Leonard prepared a proposal for a documentary film on the life of Ota Benga, a pygmy who was put on display in a zoo as an example of an evolutionarily inferior race. The story is a tragic tale of racism in the name of science. Benga was caged at the Bronx Zoo’s Monkey House in 1904 as part of a display intended to promote the concepts of human evolution.

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