The Chimpanzee Complex

A film by Marc Schmidt


After years in solitary captivity, the chimpansees in a Dutch rescue center must learn to live with members of their own species again. The caretakers who accompany this process, work towards a paradoxical goal: as people they try to let the animals be animals again.

Emotional confrontations and ethical issues emphasize the ambiguous relationship between man and primate. Is it possible to think beyond the boundaries of our human perspective when trying to understand another species?

«I don't want to malign psychiatry patients, but many animals show the same symptoms as such patients.»
Godelieve, caretaker

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  • Credits

    Script, camera, director

    Marc Schmidt


    Katarina Türler


    Rogier Timmermans

    Music composer

    Jasper Boeke

    Graphic design

    Rogerio Lira

    Colourgrading and Mastering

    Joppo in De Grot

    Sound Design

    Daniel Almada

    Sound Mix

    Florian Beck, DIE BASISberlin

    Production manager

    Eline van Wees

    Edgar Kapp

    Producer NCRV

    Yolande van der Blij

    NCRV commissioning editor

    Jelle Peter de Ruiter

    SRG SSR commissioning editor

    Sven Wälti

    SRF commissioning editor

    Urs Augstburger

    ZDF 3sat commissioning editor

    Nicole Baum

    Producers Mira Film:

    Vadim Jendreyko

    Hercli Bundi

    Susanne Guggenberger

    Producer Basalt Film

    Simone van den Broek

  • Technical Details
    Duration75 min
    Original LanguageEnglish, Dutch
    SubtitlesGerman, English
    CountrySwitzerland, Netherlands
  • Festivals

    London, 5th Open City Docs Fest 2015

    June 16, 2015 - June 21, 2015

    Sheffield, Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival

    June 05, 2015 - June 10, 2015

    Solothurn, 50. Solothurner Filmtage

    January 22, 2015 - January 29, 2015

    12th CPH:DOX International Documentary Film Festival Copenhagen, Competition

    November 06, 2014 - November 16, 2014