The Chimpanzee Complex
  • Year2014
  • Duration75 min

In the closed, claustrophobic surroundings of a Dutch rescue centre , a group of chimpanzees are learning how to live with their own species. Raised by humans, as circus entertainers or pets, they've never come across other chimps. A team of patient caretakers work with them day after day, slowly introducing them to each other. On the one hand, they know not to anthropomorphize the animals. On the other, it's all too easy to compare the behaviour they see to their own human experiences. The rewarding part of the work is seeing chimpanzees begin to live in cages together, grooming, interacting, cuddling. But for some, like Mojo, the socialisation process is failing. According to the centre's policies, the next step is euthanasia, but is it a step too far for the caretakers? Marc Schmit's camera work gives a close up view of both the chimpanzees and their keepers, in this nuanced exploration of them and us.

Carol Nahra

  • Director(s): Marc Schmidt
  • Country: Netherlands, Switzerland
  • Language: Dutch, English, French, Spanish, Lithuanian
  • Format: dcp
  • Premiere status: World Premiere
  • Website: www.chimpanzeecomplex.com
Director Filmography
Matthews Laws
2012
Angela's Mission
2010
Esmiralde
2007
Bidcatcher
2007
Schoolyard
2005
Credits
Editor(s):
Katharina Türler
Cinematographer(s):
Marc Schmidt
Commissioning Editor(s):
Nicole Baum, Urs Augstburger, Sven Walti, Jelle Peter de Ruiter
Co-producer(s):
Susanne Guggenberger
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