Rise of the Warrior Apes

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Rise of the Warrior Apes
Rise of the Warrior Apes (credits: KEO Films)

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Documentary / James Reed / Keo Films / Great Britain / 2017 / 85 min / English

This documentary mercilessly dispels the clichés about sweet, cuddly chimpanzees. James Reed spent years filming them in Uganda. He shows how chimpanzees forge alliances and form friendships, but also how they brutally fight against other apes and monkeys. Not for the faint-hearted!

Note: Contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing


Filmtalk: Friendship, social devotion and rivalries inside a mighty chimpanzee empire. What does recent primate research tell us about our closest relatives?

Dr. Roman Wittig, Director, Taï Chimpanzee Project (Côte d'Ivoire), Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany


Best Wildlife Film Award – New York Wild Film Festival, Best Animal Behavior Film – 2017 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, WWF Golden Panda Award, Best Script Award – Wildscreen Festival, 2018 the Films at 59 Sound Award


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Dr. Roman Wittig | Guest at SILBERSALZ 2019

Dr. Roman Wittig

MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology