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DIRECTOR Brett Morgen
Recently discovered footage make this intimate portrait of Jane Goodall truly special as we witness her breaking new ground in the scientific study of chimpanzees in Tanzania.
Drawing on wondrous footage recently discovered in the National Geographic archive, this is an intimate portrait of Jane Goodall, the British primatologist, in her early years in Tanzania in the 1960s. Despite having no academic training, she made great progress in scientific research with her studies of chimpanzees. Mixing her recollections of this period with magnificent wildlife photography and set to a rich orchestral score from Philip Glass, this beautiful documentary magnificently celebrates Goodall’s legacy.
(2017 USA 90 mins)
Jane works on many different levels. The swirling, dramatic musical score, composed by Philip Glass, gives the film an emotional undertow you don’t expect in a natural history documentary. Goodall is a feminist heroine “doing things men did and which women didn’t”, as she puts it. She is an old-fashioned British adventurer, living in the wilds and sleeping under the stars. She is also like a character in a biblical fable, finding her Eden and then discovering death and woe lurking within it … Just as Goodall studied the chimps, the filmmaker is studying her. The parallels are sometimes a little obvious. She and Van Lawick had a child. The film pays as much attention to the way they chose to raise their son as Goodall herself once did to Flint, the baby chimp with such a close and ultimately tragic bond with its mother. Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
BBFC advice: Contains infrequent mild bad language and upsetting scenes
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