Monkeys Like Us

Struggling to find new ways of teaching, a secondary school on the outskirts of Barcelona, facing the urgent problems of integrating immigrants and teaching a broad mix of students, signs up to a project to get pupils to reflect on human behaviour – including their own – by observing primates and making a short film about it.

Their project competes with other videos from fifteen Catalan schools for a prize named after Jordi Sabater Pi the famous Catalan ethnologist. Created originally to form a bridge between school and university, its unexpected success has been in motivating students with learning difficulties. This short documentary observes the class discussions, the visits to the zoo, the special workshops on evolution, neuroscience and empathy, and the huge challenge of getting the video finished in time for the eagerly awaited presentation of the prizes.