NOVA : The Secret of the Wild Child (1994)

Genres - Family & Personal Relationships, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Biological Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Tragedies & Catastrophes  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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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.



biology, child, development, language