‘The Bonobo Connection’ gives a voice to little-known apes

Washington, DC, filmmaker Irene A. Magafan believes humans can learn a lot from the endangered bonobo, a member of the great ape family.

And she hopes that those who watch her film, “The Bonobo Connection,” will be able to see a little bit of themselves in the animals. Magafan’s film will be shown Saturday, March 28, at Bridge of Life in downtown Hagerstown as part of the Maryland International Film Festival-Hagerstown. The film is part of Short Fest 4, the films for which will begin at 2:10 pm

“I’m a huge natural-history advocate, especially for wildlife,” she said. “I was really able to hone in on my interests and my passion for the great apes, (and) the product of that became my thissis film, ‘The Bonobo Connection.'”

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