Purbeck Film Festival – Gala showing of Project Nim
Keynote speaker: Dr Alison Cronin
The charity was also pleased to team up with The Rex Cinema this year for a Gala screening of the film Project Nim. Released to critical acclaim, the film has won 15 awards and was nominated for 27 including Best Documentary at the 65th British Academy Film Awards. The film focuses on a chimpanzee named Nim who 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. This film follows Nim’s extraordinary journey through human society, and the enduring impact he makes on the people he meets along the way. We were very pleased to also welcome Dr Alison Cronin from Monkey World for a Q & A session at the end of the film. Working in partnership with the Purbeck Film Festival and the Rex Cinema on this project enabled us to meet people with little to no knowledge about our work and primate welfare and conservation in general, casting a wider net is obviously a vital and necessary part of the charity’s goals and ambitions.