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Another better-than-fiction documentary from James Marsh (Man on Wire), Project Nim looks back at a 1970s experiment to turn a baby chimp into a hairy human being.

As well as being an amazing, heart-rending tale, it's a piquant satire of touchy-feely American academia at its most smug and self-serving. If the project's human participants are representative of the species, Nim was far better off as a chimp.