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Year: 2011
USA: Roadside Attractions
UK: Icon Film Distribution
Cast: Bob Angelini, Bern Cohen, Reagan Leonard
Director: James Marsh
Country: UK
USA & UK: 93 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images
UK Certificate: 12A contains animal testing, strong language and drug use
USA Release Date: 8 July 2011
UK Release Date: 12 August 2011


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.

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