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Primate Cinema: Apes as Family

Rachel Mayeri
USA, Scotland 2012 / 11’

The film’s assumption (it claims: this film has been made for chimpanzees and meant for a chimpanzee audience) has to astonish and cause consternation. The anthropoids’ reaction is essential in this work – they look at the other chimpanzees’ behaviour through television images. The author is driven by her fascination – she ceases to be a scientist and transforms into an invisible participant of the events. The film received a Golden Bear nomination at the Berlin film festival.

Patryk Tomiczek

Rachel Mayeri

Rachel Mayeri graduated from the University of California San Diego in 2000 (Visual Arts). She is inspired by science and arts achievements. Her works are shown throughout the world – in galleries, museums and film festivals. Mayeri is also a visiting curator in the Museum of Jurassic Technology and cooperates with Harvey Muld College.

Selected filmography

2000 The Anatomical Theater of Peter the Great (anim., short)

2007 Primate Cinema: Baboons as Friends (video, short)

2012 Kino naczelnych: Rodzina małp / Primate Cinema: Apes as Family (doc., short)

Prepared by: Patryk Tomiczek

Cast & Crew

director Rachel Mayeri
screenplay Rachel Mayeri
cinematography PJ Raval
editing Augie Robles
music Tim Stutts
cast Denise Pearlman, J.C. Lee, Song Man Choh, Heather Sultz, Dawn Meyer, Lex Quarterman
producer Matt Johnstone
production Arts Catalyst
sales Arts Catalyst
language English
colouration colour