In 2006, a news story broke that a man in Washington state had died while trying to have sex with a horse. Using a rather unconventional documentary style, Devor and Mudede decided to explore the incident, and delve into the secretive subculture of zoophilia. Foregoing the traditional interview techniques generally favored in documentaries, the film is composed almost entirely of scene reenactment, with actors standing in for all of the key players. The real people involved would lend only their taped voices, as they did not wish for their true identities to be revealed. Visually, the film is quite beautiful but contrary to what one might expect, it is devoid of graphic imagery (save for one extremely brief scene), and anyone interested for shock value alone will be greatly disappointed. Viewers will doubtless be stirred emotionally by the film, but they are likely to walk away with more questions than answers.
Robinson Devor’s feature directorial debut, ‘The Woman Chaser’, screened at the 1999 New York Film Festival and the 2000 Sundance Film Festival. His second feature, ‘Police Beat’, premiered at Sundance in 2005 and was named one of the year’s best by the New York Times. ‘ZOO’ is Devor’s third feature documentary.
2007, 65', color, video
Charles Mudede, Robinson Devor
Peggy Case, Alexis Ferris