Project Nim is a moving and fascinating movie about a scientific research project from the 70’s that brought a baby chimp into a human family with the aim to see if he could learn to communicate. The story follows his growth, development, and his life, with interviews from the people who were with him in all its stages.
I really enjoyed how the film told Nim’s story, and how it illustrates his personality and human characteristics and contrasts them with his biological instincts and reactions. Although this film is sometimes sad, it speaks to how humans are both able to help and hurt the other species we co-exist with. It shows interesting insight into the lives and habits of Chimpanzees, and also about the humans who strive to help them and make a difference in the quality of their lives.
If you are an animal lover, interested in psychology, or just curious about how a simple chimp can impact the lives of the people who knew him, this might just be a film for you.
If you would like to know more about Nim’s story you can read the book Nim Chimpsky by Elizabeth Hess which was the inspiration for this film. You can also catch the trailer below.