The feature documentary Lucy the Human Chimp from Keo Films and Channel 4 will debut April 29 on HBO Max. The film tracks the story of Lucy Temerlin, a female chimpanzee raised as human from birth in a domestic environment, and Janis Carter, the woman who took on the seemingly impossible task of giving her a new life in the wild.
Directed by Alex Parkinson, the doc centers on Carter’s first-person account of life with Lucy beginning in 1960s suburban America and ending decades later in a remote African jungle. The film showcases home movies, archival film and photographs from the personal collection of Jane Temerlin, the psychologist who initially raised Lucy, and Janis Carter, much of which has been previously unseen. Carter is considered the only human ever to live as the leader of a group of wild chimpanzees. Lucy is the only ape raised as human ever to live in the wild.
“No other human has ever lived like this. It’s a privilege to tell Janis’s story for the first time,” Alex Parkinson said.
“Janis has waited 40 years to tell this story. It takes us back to a very different time, but it has a powerful message for today,” added executive producer Matt Cole.
See trailer below: