Project Nim

Friday, July 08, 2011

James Marsh, director of the documentary “Project Nim,” and Stephanie LaFarge, who is featured in the film, discuss the story of Nim Chimpsky, 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. The film is an unflinching and unsentimental biography of an animal we tried to make human. “Project Nim” opens July 8 at Angelika Film Center and the Film Society of Lincoln Center.


Stephanie LaFarge and James Marsh

Comments [10]


Watch the film this interview has hugely played up the sexuality and it is an irrelevant part of the film. The video also completely misrepresents Stephanie's quote in the film.

It is a great film, clearly many of the people who have commented on this thread have absolutely no comprehension of any creatures outside of humans.

Aug. 06 2011 10:24 PM
Enrique Escobar from Elizabeth NJ

Anyone wanting a bit of redemption for Nim?

Read this review. (More like a critic for such an stupid science project...).


Jul. 08 2011 03:04 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

I agree with Loren from CT, this really was disturbing.

I hope when she was breastfeeding the chimp she was not breastfeeding any of her kids...a really gross idea.

In any case, Ms. LaFarge has no credibility with me.

Jul. 08 2011 01:38 PM
Loren from CT

Just found an article about a Dr. Lafarge,who worked/s to protect animals from abuse at the ASPCA. I do hope that she is the same person- it would be good to hear your guest has gone on to do that work.

Jul. 08 2011 01:25 PM
Loren from CT

After years of listening to your program and many topics, that was one of the most disturbing interviews I have heard. It was like listening to someone who buys a pet and dumps it with the excuse that "I didn't know it would get so big." I wonder what other members of the science/animal behavior community thought of what seemed like a poorly planned, irresponsible, inconsistent experiment. Very sad.

Jul. 08 2011 01:21 PM
Mr. Bad from IL

@ Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Yes it's sad. What else is there to say?I have to take Chomsky's side on this one, if other animals could construct a language than they would have, the advantages are immense, and we'd likely have discovered it long ago.

Also, considering our relative physical weakness compared to primates we'd likely all be dead. This is obviously ego driven science run amok.

Jul. 08 2011 01:11 PM
The Misanthrope

Chimps as the play-thing of humans, eh? Just want until the Google Bot in 20 years is treating humans as a play-thing for its amusement.

Jul. 08 2011 01:00 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

I'm surprised no other listeners are commenting!

Jul. 08 2011 12:59 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Is this the same story where the chimp was torn screaming from its mother? Is this the same story where the "researcher" breastfeeds the chimp? If so, I would categorize this as animal cruelty.

Jul. 08 2011 12:50 PM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

Okay--y'all are crazy!

Jul. 08 2011 12:49 PM

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