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Who is watching who in the zoo?

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Who is watching who in the zoo? Is it the visitors watching the animals, or do the animals consider the visitors to be a nice view. Dutch director Bert Haanstra placed hidden cameras in the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam, filming both the reactions of animal and man on eachother. Giving a decisive answer on the who is watching who question is not going to be easy. Written by Arnoud Tiele (zelva@tiele.nl)

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Zootopia
7 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

This ten minutes amusing short was filmed at Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam by noted Dutch documentary filmmaker Bert Haanstra.

It really begs the question as to who is watching who as we the human spectators gawp at the animals, Haanstra used hidden cameras in the cages to catch human behaviour as they gaze at the animals. Yet the animals are probably bemused as to the people paying attention to them, especially the baboons.

Through humorous use of music and precision editing we see at times that both the animals and humans were not so unlike.

This whimsical short was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Short film.


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