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Monkeys Take Hollywood

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' hits theaters Friday, just one of many recent monkey sensations. See more!

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‘Project Nim’

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The latest project from Oscar-winning director James Marsh, Project Nim, followed the life and times of the legendary “human” chimpanzee Nim Chimpsky. Born in a research center in Oklahoma, Nim was held in captivity for observation and study from infancy to adulthood. Under the guidance of Columbia University staff, he was given a human “mother,” an Upper West Side home in Manhattan, joints to smoke, and taught sign language in hopes to prove that a chimpanzee could learn language skills if raised like a human child. Marsh’s documentary, which was released in July, details the heartbreak that those around Nim faced when the true animal in him came out in the form of violent attacks. When Nim was fully grown, he was transferred to institutes for research and animal testing, only to be released after a popular campaign. The gripping documentary exposes the heartbreaking realities of nature-versus-nurture.

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