November 19th, 2012: Project Nim

Cast and Crew:  James Marsh (Director)

What It’s About: Nim was a chimpanzee raised among humans as an experiment by Professor Herbert Terrace.  The objective was to see if a chimpanzee could be taught real language skills by raising it in a human family and teaching it sign language from its earliest days. Unfortunately for Nim, the project was as poorly run as it was conceived.  This is Nim’s story.

Why Watch it Today?:   Nim Chimpsky was born on this date in 1973.  Project Nim is a heartbreaking but fascinating documentary.  You can read our full review here.

Mo Rating for Movember:  Much of today’s movie was shot in the 1970s, so great Mos abound. 5 of 5 Mos:

Comb-Over and a terrible/awesome Mo…to be an academic in the 70s!

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