Just over 2 weeks to go until the world oldest international film festival Edinburgh will open its doors for the 65th year. One of the highlights of this years festival is the Sundance festival hit doc PROJECT NIM the new film from awarding Man On The Wire director James Marsh and in June at Sheffield DocFest and a few days later at Edinburgh Film Festival will be making its UK Premiere.
Project Nim tells the story about a young Chimp which was taken from its mother when it was born and raised as a child in a new York family in 1970s. The purpose of the experiment was to prove an ape if raised like a child it could learn to communicate with humans through using sign language as well exploring the experiment we get an insight into the apes life. It sounds an fascinating story, one that trys to further prove apes and humans are alike and it further asks the questions if we are the same why has evolution made us so different? The trailer does look very charming movie that does seems to hold up well but if we are the same surely the young ape would have suffered the same emotional stress as a human child would do when separated from its mother? No one has ever asked that question.
If you are unable to catch the movie in Sheffield or Edinburgh, Icon Distribution have picked up the UK/Irish rights to the movie and will give the doc a cinematic release on August 12th (Roadside Attractions will be giving the movie a July 8th release in North America).
· Edinburgh Film Fest: http://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/films/2011/project-nim
· Sheffield Doc Fest: https://sheffdocfest.com/films/show/5095
From the Oscar and BAFTA winning filmmakers behind MAN ON WIRE, James Marsh and Simon Chinn, comes the story of Nim the chimpanzee. In the 1970s Nim 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.
trailer source Apple