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Project Nim

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Project Nim


The story of Nim, the chimpanzee, 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, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way, the film is an unflinching and unsentimental 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.
Related reviews:
07/21/2011
James Marsh's "Project Nim" centers on a '70s experiment that studied the human qualities of a chimpanzee, adorably named Nim Chimpsky. But the documentary's greatest strength is proving what this experiment couldn't: That the soul of an animal can burn bright. And in Nim's case, it can burn brighter than his human companions. » Read more
07/21/2011
The King Kong of ape documentaries - or is it the Oliver Twist? - Project Nim chronicles the animal wrongs perpetrated upon an anthropomorphized chimpanzee named Nim who was adopted, used, and abandoned by a series of researchers. Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable. » Read more
City Paper Grade: A
07/21/2011
James Marsh’s documentary tells the story of Nim and the many humans whose lives he touched and who shaped his. » Read more

07/21/2011
James Marsh's "Project Nim" centers on a '70s experiment that studied the human qualities of a chimpanzee, adorably named Nim Chimpsky. But the documentary's greatest strength is proving what this experiment couldn't: That the soul of an animal can burn bright. And in Nim's case, it can burn brighter than his human companions. » Read more
07/21/2011
The King Kong of ape documentaries - or is it the Oliver Twist? - Project Nim chronicles the animal wrongs perpetrated upon an anthropomorphized chimpanzee named Nim who was adopted, used, and abandoned by a series of researchers. Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable. » Read more
City Paper Grade: A
07/21/2011
James Marsh’s documentary tells the story of Nim and the many humans whose lives he touched and who shaped his. » Read more

07/21/2011
James Marsh's "Project Nim" centers on a '70s experiment that studied the human qualities of a chimpanzee, adorably named Nim Chimpsky. But the documentary's greatest strength is proving what this experiment couldn't: That the soul of an animal can burn bright. And in Nim's case, it can burn brighter than his human companions. » Read more
07/21/2011
The King Kong of ape documentaries - or is it the Oliver Twist? - Project Nim chronicles the animal wrongs perpetrated upon an anthropomorphized chimpanzee named Nim who was adopted, used, and abandoned by a series of researchers. Nim is as unforgettable as the treatment of him is unspeakable. » Read more
City Paper Grade: A
07/21/2011
James Marsh’s documentary tells the story of Nim and the many humans whose lives he touched and who shaped his. » Read more

MPAA rating:
PG-13
for some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images
Cast:
Renee Falitz; Jenny Lee; Herbert Terrace; Stephanie LaFarge; Bob Ingersoll; Bill Tynan; Bern Cohen; Laura-Ann Petitto; Bob Angelini; Joyce Butler
Directed by:
James Marsh
On the web:
 
Project Nim Official Site
Genre:
Documentary
Running time:
01:39
Release date:
2011
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