While I usually try to avoid watching clips from films before I see them, sometimes it’s nice to indulge yourself with a sneak peek at something you’re dying to see. For those impulsive types who simply can’t resist, Yahoo has just released the first six minutes of James Marsh’s amazing new film Project Nim (embedded at the top of this post). For those who aren’t familiar with the film, here’s the synopsis:
From the Oscar-winning team behind MAN ON WIRE comes 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, 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.
I was lucky enough to catch Project Nim at Hot Docs this year and it ended up being my favourite film of the festival, so I highly recommend you seek it out when it hits limited theatres this Friday, July 8th. For those who have seen it, you might want to check out the clip below which provides some insight into the process behind filming some of the “chimpanzee” reenactments featured in the film. Pretty awesome stuff.