Project Nim (film)

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Project Nim
Project Nim poster.jpg
Directed by James Marsh
Produced by Simon Chinn
Based on Nim Chimpsky: The Chimp Who Would Be Human
by Elizabeth Hess
Starring Bob Angelini
Bern Cohen
Renne Falitz
Bob Ingersoll
Music by Dickon Hinchliffe
Cinematography Michael Simmonds
Edited by Jinx Godfrey
Distributed by Icon Film Distribution (UK)
Roadside Attractions (US)
Mongrel Media (Canada)
Release date
  • 20 January 2011 (2011-01-20) (Sundance)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $410,077(US)

Project Nim is a 2011 British documentary film. It focuses on Project Nim, a research project that was mounted in the 1970s to determine whether a primate raised in close contact with humans could develop a limited "language" based on American Sign Language.[1] The project was centred on a chimpanzee named Nim Chimpsky.[1]


The film was first publicly shown during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, and then released for public exhibition on 8 July 2011.

Reception and awards[edit]

Project Nim was released to critical acclaim. The film has received an aggregated score of 98% from 131 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.[2]

The film has won 15 and was nominated for 27 awards, including Best Documentary at the 65th British Academy Film Awards.

Home media[edit]

The DVD was released on 7 February 2012 by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kappala-Ramsamy, Gemma. "Nim Chimpsky: the chimp they tried to turn into a human". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Project Nim (2011)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 6 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Tønnessen, Morten; Armstrong Oma, Kristin; Rattasepp, Silver (2016). Thinking about Animals in the Age of the Anthropocene. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 230. 

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