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by James Marsh


The story of Nim, the chimpanzee who in the mid-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.

original title: Project Nim
country: United Kingdom
sales agent: Icon Entertainment International
year: 2011
genre: docu-fiction
directed by: James Marsh
release date: FR 11/01/2012
screenplay: Nim Chimpsky
cinematography by: Michael Simmonds
film editing: Jinx Godfrey
music: Dickon Hinchliffe
producer: Simon Chinn, George Chignell, Maureen A. Ryan
production: Red Box Films, Passion Pictures
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