Koko: A Talking Gorilla
Koko: A Talking Gorilla
Koko: A Talking Gorilla
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Koko: A Talking Gorilla

Barbet Schroeder France, 1978

In 1977, acclaimed director Barbet Schroeder and cinematographer Nestor Almendros entered the universe of the world’s most famous primate to create the captivating documentary Koko: A Talking Gorilla. The film introduces us to Koko soon after she was brought from the San Francisco Zoo to Stanford University by Dr. Penny Patterson for a controversial experiment—she would be taught the basics of human communication through American Sign Language. An entertaining, troubling, and still relevant documentary, Koko: A Talking Gorilla sheds light on the ongoing ethical and philosophical debates over the individual rights of animals and brings us face-to-face with an amazing gorilla caught in the middle.


  • 80 min
  • Color
  • 1.33:1


  • DCP
  • DVD

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