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Documentaries, society

Secret of the Wild Child

YEAR: 1994 | LENGTH: 1 part (55 minutes)  |  SOURCE: IMDB


NOVA: Secret Of The Wild Child: Behavioral scientists dream of discovering such a patient as “Genie,” the wild child of Los Angeles.

Found in 1970, the 13-year-old girl was raised in complete isolation, producing a case of severe social retardation. Genie was kept in a room, tied to a potty chair for most of her life. She never learned to talk and still wore diapers.When social workers uncovered her, they discovered a rare opportunity to explore the human capacity for language. Could she learn to communicate at such a late stage and would she be able to function normally? Genie became a favorite among social workers who were captivated by her innocence and complete lack of pretense.

Nova: Secret of the Wild Child accompanies doctors and analysts as they begin the long process of teaching what it means to be human.

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