At the start of the film we meet Stany Nyandwi as he goes about his daily activities as Primate Manager at Chimp Eden. As the only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa, Chimp Eden was created to provide a permanent and safe home for chimpanzees that are rescued from shockingly cruel and abusive conditions. From 17-year-old Sampa who was kept in a small cage for four years and developed extreme social anxiety to 23-year-old Cozy who was bred in a lab in the United States and subjected to horrific medical experiments, Stany cares for the 33 chimpanzees residing at the sanctuary with individualized care and love. At an early age, he began his work with chimps at the Halfway House in Bujumbura, Burundi, a project started by Jane Goodall to rehabilitate chimps traumatized by mistreatment in captivity. Stany endured terrible heartbreak when his country erupted into civil war and the Tutsi began killing innocent Hutu in what was to become the Burundi genocide (Stany is Hutu). After leaving his family in order to give them the best chance for survival, he followed the chimps that were relocated to Kenya for safety purposes and they became like his family. It was then that he discovered his unique gift — the ability to communicate with mankind’s closest biological relatives – chimpanzees. Years later, Stany was eventually reunited with his wife and children; unfortunately, he learned that his parents and brother did not survive the war.

Plays with: Documentary Panorama Shorts



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Access Window: November 4, 2021 - November 28, 2021
Passholder Access: Limited Virtual, Virtual, Hale Virtual Festival
Only Accessible from: USA

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DIRECTOR(S)Richard Reens
PRODUCER(S)Richard Reens

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PREMIERE STATUS: Special Presentation
YEAR: 2020
RUN TIME: 22 Minutes


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