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Zoo: A Melancholy Bestiary

“A dictionary of the bleak side of the human condition…” – Gavin Smith, New York Video Festival


Zoo: is an experimental documentary short produced over the course of three years while visiting zoological gardens around the world. At each site, zoo-goers were given a letter of the alphabet and asked to describe their feelings about the city they lived in or were visiting. Using the Medieval-Latin bestiary as a format, and the contemporary “conservation park” as a site, Zoo focuses on the condition of urban inhabitants today – both human and nonhuman.




Don Bernier


Don Bernier

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