Project Nim

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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  • Project Nim: James Marsh interview

    Project Nim: James Marsh interview

    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.

Credits

Starring:

N/A

Director:

James Marsh

Producers:

Simon Chinn

Screenplay:

N/A

Executive Producers:

Jamie Laurenson, Nick Fraser, Hugo Grumbar, John Battsek, Andrew Ruhemann

Distributor:

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Credits summary:

A Red Box Films production in association with Passion Pictures for BBC Films and the UK Film Council.

Certificate:

12A

Running time:

99 mins 29 secs

Release Dates

Released

12 August 2011

In cinemas

12 August 2011

Out on DVD

9 January 2012

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