As gorillas in the wild threaten to become extinct, all hope is placed in reproduction of apes living in zoos. Ivo is one of them, but he separates himself from his congeners.
The situation is precarious for the number of gorillas living in the wild worldwide. To preserve the species from becoming extinct, all hope is placed in the reproduction of congeners living in zoos. In Europe, there are more than four hundred of the latter, a number the zoos hope to maintain. Ivo is one of the males scheduled to produce offspring. As a baby, his mother rejected him in Munich, which is why a zookeeper took care of him at her home in the first weeks. After Munich, he stayed in zoos in Tenerife, Amsterdam and Berlin. Ivo never produced any progeny. He did collect hordes of female fans, who follow him around Europe, filming and drawing him. This biopic examines the track record of a gorilla that has a hard time settling in with his own species. Zookeeper Reimon tries his best to put Ivo 'to work'. Meanwhile, we also get to know his fans and caretakers in the four zoos where Ivo stayed over the past years. Together with their stories, photographs, archive and recent footage of Ivo and his (female) admirers present an intriguing portrait.


Executive producer
Set geluid
Sound editing
Sound Design
Production company
Nat Zand
TV company
Distributor NL
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Title: Ivo, de ongeautoriseerde biografie van een gorilla
Year: 2007
Duration : 53 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2008

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