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Genre Documentary
Running Time 99 min
Release Date Jul 8, 2011
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Project Nim

The story of Nim, the chimpanzee, 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… Show more

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Back in the 1990s, the British rock group XTC wrote a song called “The Smartest Monkeys,’’ a sardonic tip of the hat to the simian subspecies that happens to rule the planet. On the evidence of “Project Nim,’’ I’m not sure we deserve even that much credit.

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