Film Review: Project Nim

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Project Nim is one of those films that has been on my radar for a very, very long time. A documentary about Nim Chimpsky, a Chimpanzee taken virtually from birth to be raised “as a human” as part of a scientific experiment into whether it was possible to extend human characteristics into primates – whether it is possible to teach them language and engage them in a conversation.

Essentially, as it’s put in the documentary, the nature versus nurture debate.

I have seen the trailer over and over, whenever I see a list of “must watch” or “must own” it always seems to crop up and I always go and look the trailer up and remind myself that at some point I need to get around to seeing it. The problem is I always had this nagging thought in the back of my head that Project Nim is a long documentary, not a short film, and as such, wasn’t something you settled down for with a bag of popcorn to watch. Read more