Looking At Animals is a documentary that examines the ways humans relate to animals in zoos and aquariums. Animal representations in the media are ubiquitous in a variety of genres. One example is the nature documentary, which maps animal behavior, reducing them to a set of patterns coherent for a human audience to absorb. Paradoxically, these attempts to understand only result in a distanced encounter. Looking At Animals points to the desire for and consequences of anthropomorphism and offers a different way to experience the animal. Through footage of animals in zoos and aquariums, I shift perspectives between the observer and the observed.