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From the Oscar® -winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes the story of Nim, the chimpanzee who became the focus of a landmark 1970s experiment to show that an ape could learn to communicate with language if raised and nurtured like a human child. But as Nim's natural instincts take over and the humans trusted with his well-being fail to protect him, PROJECT NIM uncovers the unflinching and extraordinary journey of one animal thrust into human society.
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Please watch and share this movie. Inquire locally, in your state and nationally about how you can peacefully educate others on the subject of vivisection (animal experimentation).
An absolutely heart breaking story. Which rarely pulls any punches when looking at how horrible we were to these particular animals not too long ago. Including footage from inside a medical experimenting facility. I was on the brink of tears several times.
Great production value. This being such a landmark case at the time there is plenty of video/photo on record, so the re enactments are super minimal. None containing actors in place of the actual people, etc. Great music as well.
Knowing nothing of the initial scientific project beforehand, I believe truly does a good job of informing the viewers about the overall purpose and timeline of the whole process. What bothers me is how much the film goes into depth about the issues that do not pertain to Nim; like the sexual affairs between the caretakers and their drama. I do not see those matters as important when explaining the scientific project at hand. It made me want to turn the film off and go read about it instead; at least that way I could be informed about the actual project and nothing else.
The film did seem a little biased, as well. After watching it, I had distinct opinions about every subject in the film. I believe the film makers subconsciously - although perhaps consciously - portrayed each matter and character in the film in a negative or positive light. It was more like an opinion piece than like an unbiased (or neutral) scientific documentary. The music, interviews, and scenes shown really help display the filmmakers' standpoints on the project and everyone involved.