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Project Nim

This screening took place on
Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 6:00pm

From the Oscar-winning team behind Man on Wire comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a 1970s landmark experiment that 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, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, Project Nim is an unflinching biography of an animal we tried to make human. What we learn about his true nature—and indeed our own—is comic, revealing and profoundly unsettling. Using extraordinary archival footage, James Marsh constructs a seamless narrative that twists and turns, and ultimately accrues the thematic and emotional arc of an epic. ~ Hot Docs
  • Directed by James Marsh
  • 2011, United Kingdom
  • 93 minutes

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