Half the battle in making a compelling documentary is selecting a compelling topic and Romanian producer / director Alexandru Solomon has got himself a doozy in Tarzan's Testicles
. Solomon will be exploring actual research done by the Abkhazian Scientific Research Institute of Experimental Pathology and Therapy throughout the Soviet era which attempted to cross breed humans with monkeys. Says FNE about the project
Romanian director/producer Alexandru Solomon is working on Tarzan's Testicles,
a feature documentary on the Abkhazian Scientific Research Institute of
Experimental Pathology and Therapy, established in 1927, a renowned
primatology center during the Communist era where scientists tried to
crossbreed humans and monkeys to demonstrate the triumph of the
Revolution over religion.
Solomon aims to investigate the relationship between humans and
monkeys many years after the Revolution, in a "hypothetical country" (as
Abkhazia is today) where "there is no question of animal rights since
human rights don't exist," he said at the Distribution Forum of the
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.
Once a part of the Soviet Union, Abkhazia is now a disputed territory, with a handful of nations - Russia among them - recognizing it as independent while most of the world considers its territory to be a part of the Republic of Georgia. Georgia officially considers it an autonomous republic with its government sitting in exile in the Georgian capital of Tblisi, while officially listing it as a Russian occupied territory. Let's just say the local politics are thorny.Tarzan's Testicles
is in planning now with a release planned for 2014.
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