Nature (1982 IMDb)

documentary series

Episode:

Snow Monkeys (2014 IMDb)

Viewing

Seen in 2016.

The Swedish version starring Henrik Ekman.

Subject

Framed primarily as the story of the child Hiro and pack leader Kuro in a 160-strong pack of Japanese macaques, in Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano.

Commentary

The partly very unnatural environments are telling. These monkeys are clearly protected—at least from their natural predators—and accustomed to a human presence. I assume the story has been cleaned up, but it's beautifully filmed. The local species of monkey makes a good symbol of primitive humanity and our link to nature, as they are used in Baraka (1992).

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