Synopsis

In 1904 a man was removed from Africa and brought to the Saint Louis Missouri for display at the Worlds Fair as evidence of an inferior species. At the end of the worlds fair he ended up at the New York city Bronx zoo housed with primates and displayed again with Monkeys as the "missing link" between human and apes. In their eyes, here was Darwin's theory or evolution in substance.I

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Film Credits

  • Produced by
    Jean Bodon
  • Associate Producer
    Antoine Malamoud
  • Executive Producer
    Joel Glassman
  • Written by
    ‘Niyi Coker, Jr.
  • Directed by
    ‘Niyi Coker, Jr. & Jean Bodon
  • Edited by
    James Abernathy
  • Associate Producers
    James Abernathy & Marcel Bechtoldt
  • Associate Editor
    Hari Secic
  • Animation by
    Slaven Istuk
  • Graphics by
    David Blumenthal
  • Location Manager
    Donatus Fai Tangem Ph.D (Cameroon)
  • Media Archive Researcher
    Hari Secic
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  • Special thanks to:
    E. Desmond Lee (1917 -2010) “Making a difference and changing lives..”
  • Antoine Spacagna (Belgium )
  • Awam Amkpa Ph.D. (New York City)
  • Rita Csapo-Sweet, Ed.D (Saint Louis )
  • Narrative Voices:
    O’Dan Smith
  • Erin Frick
  • Wilmetta Toliver-Diallo, PhD
  • Daniel McGee
  • Dennis Lebby
  • Mark Maloney
  • Mr. Tommie Smith
  • The Baka People of Eastern Cameroon in the town: Bertoua in the Eastern region of Cameroon
  • French Translations
    Wilmetta Toliver- Diallo, PhD
  • French Transcriptions
    Anne-Sophie Blank
  • Assistant Director
    Ephrem Andemariam
  • Interviews in order of Appearance:

  • Robin Dunbar, Ph.D.
    Anthropologist and Evolutionary Psychologist, Oxford University.
  • Helene Neveu, Ph.D.
    African Anthropologist, Oxford University
  • Andre Langaney, Ph.D.
    Geneticist, University of Geneva
  • Pietro Corsi, Ph.D.
    History of Philosophy of Science and Medicine, Oxford University
  • Phillips Verner Bradford, Ph.D.
    Grandson of Samuel Phillips Verner
  • Sheilah Clarke Ekong, Ph.D.
    Anthropologist, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • W.S. Dibinga, Th.D. Ph.D.
    Founder, African Congress of Pygmies
  • Horace R. Rice, Ed.D
    Author and retired educator, Virginia University Lynchburg
  • Pamela Newkirk, Ph.D.
    Professor of Journalism, New York University
  • Maarten Couttenier
    Historian, Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium
  • Karel Arnaut, Ph.D.
    Anthropologist, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium
  • Ralph Reavis, Ph.D. President
    Virginia University of Lynchburg
  • Ms. Carrie Allen-McCray
    Author and Poet, Lynchburg, Virginia
  • Angela D. Coker, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Counseling, University of Missouri, St. Louis
  • Molefi Kete Asante, Ph.D.
    Author, Social Critic, African American Studies Professor, Temple University
  • Field Researchers /Translators & Crew
    in Eastern Cameroon/Congo:

  • Sanama Aristide
  • Nji Alain
  • Alaka Dieudonne
  • Denis Neba
  • The Baka People of Bertoua in Eastern Cameroon
  • Appreciation to:

  • James Abernathy
  • Marcel Bechtoldt
  • Dowoti Desir
  • Tommie Smith
  • Chip Cox Esq.
  • Francois Sajous
  • Archival materials, photographs and footages courtesy of:

  • The United States Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting, Recorded Sound Division
  • The United States Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
  • All project research conducted at:

  • The United States Library of Congress, Washington D.C. USA
  • The Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis, Missouri, USA
  • The University of Missouri, Saint Louis Libraries
  • The Quai Branly Museum in Paris, France
  • The Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium
  • Music:

  • Explorations of Hi-Life Structures
  • Composed by Nana Danso Abiam
  • Performed by Pan African Orchestra 1995
  • Caroline Distribution
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  • Wia Concert No. 1 First Movement-in Four Parts
  • Composed by Nana Danso Abiam
  • Performed by Pan African Orchestra 1995
  • Caroline Distribution
  •  
  • Yaa Yaa Kole
  • Composed by Nana Danso Abiam
  • Performed by Pan African Orchestra 1995
  • Caroline Distribution
  • Special Thanks To:

  • The Baka People of Eastern Cameroon in the town of Bertoua in the Eastern region of Cameroon
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  • A Nigeria, USA and French co-production
  • A Jean Bodon Production
  • A ‘Niyi Coker Jr. Film
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  • 2015 All Rights Reserved

Awards

Contact

Ota Benga Documentary
234 Arts Administration Building
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63121-4400

Niyi Coker, Jr.

+1 (314) 288-8845

niyi@umsl.edu