The fact that we could share language with an animal seemed very radical at that time.
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Project Nim Synopsis
This is 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, this documentary feature examines 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.
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Director James Marsh explains how he constructed his documentary about Nim, a chimpanzee raised as a human, from a wealth of archive material and interviews with the key people in Nim's life.
Jamie Laurenson, Nick Fraser, Hugo Grumbar, John Battsek, Andrew Ruhemann
A Red Box Films Production in association with Passion Pictures for BBC Films and the UK Film Council
12 August 2011
Out on DVD
9 January 2012
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