Het chimpansee complex

Marc Schmidt Short documentary - 2014 - 55 min.
All ages
Foul language

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After years in solitary captivity in people’s homes, laboratories or circuses, traumatised chimpanzees in a centre of foundation AAP learn to live with members of their own species again. The documentary alternates images of everyday practise with interviews with the caretakers conducting the process. They work towards a paradoxical utopia: teaching chimpanzees to live like primates with the help of methods developed and executed by people. Emotional confrontations and ethical issues emphasise the ambiguous relationship between man and animal. Is it possible to think beyond the boundaries of our human perspective?


Director(s) Marc Schmidt
Script Marc Schmidt
Production Company
Basalt Film
Mira Film
Jelle Peter de Ruiter
Susanne Guggenberger
Vadim Jendreyko
Hercli Bundi
Executive Producer
Director of Photography
Sound Design
Daniel Almada
Sound Editor
Florian Beck
Sound on Set
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