Science Department, Roma Tre University EFP Unit of Cognitive Primatology, ISTC-CNR Italian Primatological Association

Documentary Screening

On Tuesday, August 25th, during the welcome cocktail, all participants and registered accompanying persons are invited to attend the screening of “The bearded capuchin monkeys of Fazenda Boa Vista” (trailer) a scientific documentary by Elisabetta Visalberghi and Alessandro Albani, funded by Ethoikos Foundation. The screening will be replayed on Wednesday, August 26th, during lunch break in Room #1, and #2 via streaming (Scientific programme download).

The documentary shows the behavior of wild tool using bearded capuchin monkeys, living in Fazenda Boa Vista (Gilbués, Piauí State, Brazil), with a narration based on what an international research group has discovered about them. The research on this field site has been carried out by a team of senior researchers from Brazil, United States and Italy that launched the EthoCebus Project in 2005 (Visalberghi and Fragaszy 2013; see, with the purpose of investigating the ecology, foraging, social and cognitive behavior of capuchin monkeys.

The goals of the documentary are (1) to present to a large audience the discoveries made by the researchers of the EthoCebus project on two groups of wild bearded capuchin monkeys and (2) to provide rigorous/scientific interpretations of their behavior, by holding the attention of the viewers without relying on the use of misleading and comedic characterizations of the phenomena shown.

The idea for the documentary came from Dr. Elisabetta Visalberghi, one of the founders of the EthoCebus Project, on the basis of her thorough knowledge of capuchins’ behavior (Fragaszy et al. 2004) and little expertise on film making. From the very beginning Alessandro Albani joined her; he was a Master student in Biology who had previous experience in filming and editing, and had planned to study the capuchins in Fazenda Boa Vista for his Master thesis. Field assistant Junior Marino Fonseca de Oliveira, filmed the monkeys over several months and his excellent and broad naturalistic knowledge of the habitat was essential to the success of the project. Elisa Rapisarda (who did her master thesis on the BBC documentary production) and Luca Antonio Marino (a Master student in Biology with a background in photography and film making) helped with the editing.

The documentary would not have been possible without the scientific knowledge gained from the studies carried out by the team of researchers, students and field assistants that participated to the EthoCebus project and without the advice of Dr. Patricia Izar and Dr. Dorothy Fragaszy concerning the fluency and validity of the narration.

It will be possible to buy the DVD, during the Welcome Cocktail and during the Social Dinner. All funds raised with this documentary will be used to support research, educational and local activities.


Fragaszy, D., Visalberghi, E. & Fedigan, L. (2004). The Complete Capuchin. The Biology of the Genus Cebus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 339.

Visalberghi, E. & Fragaszy, D. (2013) The EthoCebus Project. Stone tool use by wild capuchin monkeys. In "Multidisciplinary Perspectives on the Cognition and Ecology of Tool Using Behaviors", Sanz, C., Call J. & Boesch C. (eds.) Cambridge University Press. Pp. 203-222.

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