Our film follows a year in the life of a family of macaque monkeys. This particular family caught our interest because the youngest child was born blind.
Few monkeys born blind survive infancy. Even born healthy, up to 40% of rhesus babies won’t make it through their first year of life. That this blind macaque has survived to 15 months defies all expectations. We have captured what we believe to be a truly unique story in natural history television. Ironically, the story is also strikingly human.
Rhesus monkeys have a complex social order comprising kings, princes, and matriarchal families. We've followed the family of the blind monkey for over a year. It's a remarkable family. The mother was formerly a high-status female – a "queen" of sorts. She had already birthed several children. But the birth of a blind son turned her world upside down. Adding to the burden of caring for a disabled child, she has now lost her status within the group. Our film tells the story of a devoted mother, her blind son and her adolescent daughter as they struggle against all odds to survive.
A co-production with Henan HuaZhiJie Culture Communication Co.