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Jean François Heckel,
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Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children.
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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. Written by
a documentary biased in the only possible direction
This movie is not simply about Nim. It is about PROJECT Nim. It's the story of all the lives who were involved in this chimpanzee's journey from birth to death. It is the story of their love and their guilt.
Looking back at this experiment now it is clear what everyone lost. But do those of us who see this documentary now stand to gain something from everyone's experiences? Was that the REAL validity of the Nim experiment - to show us the carelessness with which humanity can treat the rest of the animal kingdom?
Everyone should have a similar reaction to the film, and that is perhaps because it is too narrow and biased in its telling of Nim's story. But it is more likely that there is only one conclusion to be drawn from this tragic reminder of science's cold, sterile, objective failings.
Nature or nurture? I believe it's very clear what Nim would choose.
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