Project Nim

A provocative and surprisingly emotional saga...“Nim” reaches far beyond mere scientific curiosity to become compelling human drama.
-Peter Debruge, Variety
Astounding.
-Brian D. Johnson, Macleans
Endlessly fascinating.
-Scott Tobias, A.V. Club
Projet Nim est une grande réussite!
-La Presse
Projet Nim: un vrai contact avec la planète des singes!
-La Presse

Synopsis

From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes 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, 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.

Home Entertainment Release Date

Original Languages: English
Genre: Documentary
Running Time: 93 min.
Year: 2011

CREDITS

DIRECTED BY
James Marsh

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PHOTOS

Stephanie Lefarge and Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Herbert Terrace.
Nim Chimpsky, Bill Ingersoll and Joyce Butler. Photo credit: Herbert Terrace.
Joyce Butler and Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Herbert Terrace.
Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Herbert Terrace.
Joyce Butler and Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Susan Kuklin.
Herbert Terrace and Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Laura-Ann Petitto.
Left to Right: Nim Chimpsky, Professor Herbert Terrace and Stephanie Lafarge. Photo credit: Harry Benson.
Director James Marsh. Photo credit: Dave Dilley
Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Harry Benson.
Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Harry Benson.
Laura-Ann Petitto and Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Laura-Ann Petitto.
Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Harry Benson.
Nim Chimpsky and Laura-Ann Petitto. Photo credit: Herbert Terrace.
Left to Right: Joyce Butler, Bill Tynan and Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Herbert Terrace.
Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Herbert Terrace.
Nim Chimpsky and Bill Tynan. Photo credit: Herbert Terrace.
Nim Chimpsky and Laura-Ann Petitto. Photo credit: Herbert Terrace.
Laura-Ann Petitto teaching Nim Chimpsky sign language. Photo credit: Susan Kuklin.
Professor Herbert Terrace with Nim Chimpsky. Photo credit: Susan Kuklin.