Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s.
Project Nim follows a chimpanzee from birth until, essentially, death 26 years later. Nim, you may recall from articles in the 80’s, was a project out of Columbia University, where they’re trying to see about language and primates. Nim turns out to be this incredibly charismatic chimpanzee, and the people who don’t hold up nearly as well are the humans in this. Basically, I don’t want to tell you too much about it, except to go see this. This is a terrific documentary where the humans don’t do well at all, but the chimpanzees make you understand that we are all together on this planet. 4.5 stars.