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It’s not what you think. Or rather, it is what you think, but it’s not presented how you would expect. Robinson Devor’s film Zoo is indeed the true story of a Washington man who died from a perforated colon, an injury he received while being anally penetrated by a horse. But Devor made neither a straight documentary of the facts, nor a lurid, sensationalized exploitation of the incident. Fascinated by the life of the deceased “Mr. Hands,” a seemingly normal Boeing engineer named Kenneth Pinyan, Devor crafted a feature that delves into the internal and external forces that moved Pinyan and his cohorts into the secretive world of zoophilia -- without displaying any interspecies sexual acts, despite the zoophiles' predilection for videotaping every encounter. Using audio-only interviews of the men who were with Pinyan that fateful night, non-explicit re-creations of key events and a poetic cinematography that underlines the “zoo”'s isolation from the normal world, Devor humanizes people engaged in what most of us would deem unthinkable acts. “We are not who we appear to be,” the movie’s tagline, refers to the secretive zoo subculture and to humanity as a whole. The Webster Film Series screens this provocative film at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday (June 22 through 24) at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-968-7487 or Tickets are $5 to $6.
June 22-24

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