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"It took a woman to unlock the secret of early man"
  • PG
  • 2017
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 7.8  (5,594)
  • 87

Jane is a breathtaking documentary film that delves into the life and work of the renowned conservationist and scientist, Jane Goodall. The movie was released in 2017, directed and produced by Brett Morgen. The film comprises of never-before-seen footage of Jane Goodall's innocent and adventurous life in Tanzania, where she spent years studying and living with chimpanzees in their natural habitat.

Filmmakers brilliantly unravel Jane Goodall's life and how she took an unexpected path towards making groundbreaking discoveries, sparking a global movement of activism and conservation that continues to inspire people worldwide. Morgen uses archival footage of Goodall’s life from the archives of the National Geographic, where visual genius Hugo Van Lawick filmed the chimpanzees and the person studying them in the wild.

Jane primarily portrays Jane Goodall's early years, from the time she began her research to the time when she made one of her most significant findings in primate research. The film's storyline reflects on her journey from a curious girl, with no formal training, who befriended the animals she was studying, to a leading scientist who found a new species and coined the phrase "chimp-hugger."

The film also highlights the romance and marriage between Jane and Hugo Van Lawick, an acclaimed wildlife filmmaker. The couple worked together on the National Geographic's project, which was documenting Jane's research on the chimpanzees in the wild. However, the film crew and fellow researchers were skeptical of Jane's unconventional research methods, but she remained persistent and devoted to her work.

The film's narrative is all the more compelling for its connection with the rare and pristine footage that Morgen put together, enhancing the film's visual appeal. The audience is immediately drawn into the natural beauty and behavior of the chimpanzees. Jane's passion for the primates shines through the collection of intimate footage of her interacting with them, revealing their human-like characteristics.

The detailed footage provides a new perspective on Goodall's discoveries, and the work she did. Still, it also serves as an exploration of a remarkable woman and a contribution to science and humanity. Not only do we see Jane studying, loving and laughing with the chimpanzees, but we also witness the joys and struggles she faced during her work. We see her deal with the loss of her beloved mother and the obstacles and criticism she faced throughout her research.

The film's message lies in emphasizing the importance of protecting the natural world, and Goodall's dedication and success in doing so. The movie is inspirational and informative as it connects the importance of Jane's research to the modern conservation efforts being made today.

The film also showcases Jane Goodall's life beyond the primates, such as her founding of the Jane Goodall Institute, a conservation foundation focused on preserving wildlife and supporting sustainable development in Africa. Additionally, Jane has become an important and iconic figure for young scientists, and her work has laid the foundation for primate research and conservation efforts.

In sum, Jane is an exciting, profound and moving documentary that provides a fascinating glimpse into the incredible life of Jane Goodall. Morgen has done an excellent job compiling and presenting an awe-inspiring collection of footage and a selection of audio files of Goodall's interviews and speeches that evoke the spirit of her life's work. Undoubtedly, the film has rightfully won accolades and awards, and definitely deserves a watch for anyone interested in learning about primatology or supporting Goodall’s conservation efforts.

Jane is a 2017 documentary with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 87.

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