TRANSLATION TROUBLE | Koko: A Talking Gorilla
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TRANSLATION TROUBLE | Koko: A Talking Gorilla

TRANSLATION TROUBLE | Koko: A Talking Gorilla

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2016-2017 Penn Humanities Forum on Translation

In collaboration with Penn Cinema Studies and International House Philadelphia



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Translation Trouble

An international and multimodal art form from its very inception, the cinema has always been intimately bound up with translation. Our 2017 series presents films in which this founding involvement with multiple systems of meaning is heightened and intensified to an extraordinary degree. In these films, translation is a strange and even dangerous process, as disturbing as it is exhilarating.

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Koko: A Talking Gorilla (dir. Barbet Schroeder, 1978, 80 min.)
Teaching Koko human communication is not all sunlight and sweetness in this candid documentary of Koko and her trainer Dr. Francis “Penny” Patterson. Is teaching human sign language to gorillas a breakthrough in communication between humans and apes? Or does it suggest something more troubling about how humans view animals?

Introduction: Shereen Chang, PhD Candidate, Philosophy and Graduate Fellow, Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities.




Please register for each film separately

26 January, 7pm: Tokyo Tribe (dir. Sion Sono, 2014, 116 min.)

1 February, 7pm: Film Socialisme (dir. Jean-Luc Godard, 2010, 102 min.)

15 February, 7pm: Koko: A Talking Gorilla (dir. Barbet Schroeder, 1978, 80 min.)

1 March, 7pm: Windtalkers (dir. John Woo, 2002, 134 min.)

For more information on this film series as well as other Penn Humanities Forum events: www.phf.upenn.edu

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