Jane's Journey

The Life of Jane Goodall

It would be hard to name anyone who has had more of an impact in the realm of animal research and wildlife conservation than Jane Goodall, whose 45 year study of wild chimpanzees in Africa is legendary.

In "Jane's Journey", we travel with her across several continents, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania where she began her groundbreaking research and where she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her famous. Featuring a wide range of interviews and spectacular footage from her own private collection (including her years in Gombe), Jane's Journey is an inspiring portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon.

“Here we are, the most clever species ever to have lived. So how is it we can destroy the only planet we have?” - Dr. Jane Goodall

A very touching and inspirational film, which arouses a global perspective and astonishment for creation. "Jane’s Journey" teaches us to take responsibility and to implement our visions.

The film is well researched, Jane Goodall’s life is nicely documented and presented as a role-model figure. The focus is mainly her personality, it could have benefitted from more factual information.

Nonetheless, it is made clear how much of an impact individuals can have on the planet and its ecosystems.

The structure is clear, the footage supports the content well. Many scenes are unique and are all of great quality. Camera direction and editing are remarkable and the quiet music is fitting.

Director(s): Lorenz Knauer
Script: Lorenz Knauer
Production: Animal Planet, CC Medien, NEOS Film
Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Jane Goodall, Angelina Jolie, Kofi Annan
Year: 2011
Duration: 107 min
Picture format: 18:9
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): German, English
Language (subtitles): German
Country of origin: Germany
Shooting Locations: Tanzania

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Main topic(s): Human Potential
Secondary topics: courage wildlife
Mentions: species planet earth chimpanzee sustainability
Topic Page(s): Human Potential


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