Chimpanzee Complex, The
After years in solitary captivity, the chimpanzees in a Dutch rescue centre must learn to live with members of their own species again. The caretakers who oversee this process continuously encounter a paradox within their work: is it possible to think beyond the boundaries of our human perspective when trying to understand another species? As people they try to let the animals be animals again but emotional confrontations and ethical considerations emphasize the ambiguous relationship between man and primate.
75' / DCP / colour
Original title: HET CHIMPANSEE COMPLEX
Dir: Marc Schmidt
Prod: Basaltfilm (NL)
Co-prod: Mira Film (CH)
Sc: Marc Schmidt
D.O.P.: Marc Schmidt, Rogier Timmermans
Completed: October 2014
Second feature length documentary.
a.o. MATTHEW'S LAWS (2012, doc) Awards: a.o. Grand Prix Visions du Réel, Best Int. Feature Rencontres Int. du Documentaire de Montréal, Grand Jury Award Open City Docs Fest London, BIDCATCHER (2007, short doc) Award: Best Doc Tampere FF, ESMIRALDE, SIXTEEN YEARS IN 9 SCENES (2007, short doc), SCHOOLYARD (2005, short doc), GLADY'S CAN (2004, short doc).