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“A wondrous and moving account of a remarkable life that puts us right there with Goodall to share directly in her discoveries.”

Oscar and Emmy nominated director Brett Morgen (On the Ropes, The Kid Stays in the Picture) draws on a trove of never-before-seen footage from the National Geographic archives to tell the story of trailblazing conservationist Jane Goodall.

Derided by the traditional scientific community for her unconventional methods, Goodall found herself in the spotlight when her close emotional bond with the primates led to an astonishing discovery.

On the wave of international interest, National Geographic sent Dutch nature filmmaker Hugo van Lawick to document Goodall in action. Before long, Lawick and his human subject fell in love and this tale of two individuals obsessed with the natural world provides the film with much of its stunning archival footage and complexity, as Goodall is forced to juggle motherhood, a relationship across several continents and her career.

Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, Jane offers an intimate portrait of Goodall whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionised our understanding of the natural world.