Project Nim

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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    • 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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