Kwintessens - De evolutie van de lach

Joost de Haas Short documentary - 1997 - 25 min.

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People can laugh, but so can animals. The laughter of chimpanzees in its form and sound seems surprisingly like that of humans. For animals, laughter is a way of showing that they do not mean certain behaviour or - from fear - to show that they mean no evil. Just like people who smile. The ethicist Jan van Hooff illustrates the laughter of man and animal with pictures from politics and nature.


Director(s) Joost de Haas
Script Joost de Haas
Jan van Hooff
Producer(s) Annet Blom
Production Company
Director of Photography
Ab Kalse
Bob Kat
Grietje Keller
Bart Keuskamp
Sound on Set
Marc Frinking
TV Company
Production Country