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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, Project Nim 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.
Really makes you think
I watched this documentary with the intent to finding out if a chimp can actually live with humans; and interestingly enough the documentary really shows us the opposite. Can humans live with a chimp?
Without wanting to spoil it, the answer is generally no. Well at least not in the manner that some of these folks went about it.
We are talking about people who fought over who is the parent of the chimp, giving it junk human food, drugs and alcohol and delving into issues of the animals sexuality towards humans when it was an infant. The movie does not glorify any of these points, it shows that the people running this study were not equipped or perhaps not the right people for such an undertaking, years later some of these scientists show deep remorse for what went wrong with the study and some still don't see the negative impact the whole situation created.
What happens to a human raised chimp once the study is completed? Think more scientific testing in the more general medical sense....
I have given this doco 5 stars as it shows perfectly that in this case all the problems could have been solved by not removing the animal in the first place from its natural environment, and sending it right back years later when it is not prepared isn't a great idea.The animals cruelty seems to be from the notion that raising it as a human would some how prove something , and perhaps it did in the short term, but what do you do when the money and the research is through?
I'd recommend anyone interested to watch this movie, I wouldn't recommend it for young people. If you are a parent thinking of letting their young child watch it, I'd recommend watching it first and deciding after that.
Amazing yet Sad
This is an excellent example of using animals as 'tools' and other than not thinking of them as animal - species as opposed to 'experiment' - 'human-like' to 'experiment' again. NIM was a beautiful chimp who deserved to have a shot at life to the fullest extent but alas due to science and humans did not get that chance. Keeping wild animals in human-like surroundings never works, and it is always the animal that is blamed when something goes wrong. This is a brilliant movie, and even though sad, is a must to watch for everyone.
A rollercoaster of emotions.
Clearly the scientist did not have a long term plan for this beautiful creature. This is a must see..