Secret of the Wild Child

Secret of the Wild Child

DVD - 2006
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Nova profiles "Genie" a thirteen-year-old girl, discovered in 1970 in southern California, who was kept in such isolation by her parents that she never learned to talk. Contrasts her case with the well-known case of Victor, a French child found and analyzed in the 18th century. Shows some of the attempts to study and rehabilitate Genie.
Alternative Title: Nova (Television program)
Publisher: [Boston] : WGBH Boston Video, [2006], c1994.
ISBN: 9781593756727
Branch Call Number: B GENIE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (56 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in.


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aaa5756 Mar 21, 2014

PBS has done it again very well done documentary series. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

Sep 24, 2013

This is a 55-minute documentary originally broadcast on NOVA in 1994. Genie is the pseudonym of a feral child who was the victim of extraordinarily severe abuse, neglect and social isolation, making her one of the most well-known cases recorded in the annals of abnormal child psychology. Her abuse came to the attention of Los Angeles child welfare authorities on November 4, 1970, when she was 13 years old. Her mother was herself abused by her dominant husband who committed suicide. Thinking that Genie was born mentally retarted, her parents locked her in a room where she was sit alone, day after day, strapped to a potty chair, with little more than bare walls to look at. Genie was severely under-developed, unable to talk and barely able to walk. Genie's case has been compared extensively with that of Victor of Aveyron, an 18th-century French "Wild Child" who similarly became a classic case of late language acquisition and delayed development. The film shows some footages from a 1970 French film "Wild Child" by director François Truffaut. Despite some improvement under professional care, it is unfortunate and profoundly sad to know that Genie experienced further physical and emotional abuse during the stay in the institutions for disabled adults, where she was severely punished for vomitting. Her newly acquired language and behavioral skills regressed rapidly. As of 2008, she was again speechless. What a pity!


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