Jane Goodall’s observations of chimpanzees in the wild challenged conventional wisdom about what made humans exceptional. Jane is the story of how Jane Goodall became Jane Goodall – using footage shot by future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzinia in the 1960’s. Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered in a storage unit, and has been now masterfully intercut with interviews of present day Jane Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life.
Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of an extraordinary woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.
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We are so used to seeing reenactments in documentaries of this sort that to see footage of real chimpanzees is both unnerving and exhilarating. Now in her 80s and still seraphically beautiful, Jane Goodall recalls with an almost ethereal calm the extraordinariness of her days. –Christian Science Monitor
Brett Morgen’s latest film is required viewing for Goodall admirers, animal lovers, and lost cinema fans. — Indiewire
Jane is a triumph of filmmaking, and essential viewing for humans. –Austin Chronicle