Project Nim

A film by James Marsh

Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.

From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the 1970s became the focus of a landmark experiment, which aimed to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. Following Nim’s extraordinary journey through human society, the film is an unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling.

 

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Production Year
2011
Running Time
93 mins

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