A touching portrait of the distinguished Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific world, featuring never-before-seen footage of her early work in Africa.
Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall — a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.
Brett Morgen has created some of the most groundbreaking and acclaimed documentaries of the past 15 years. Dubbed “the mad scientist” of documentary film, Morgen approaches each film as an opportunity to push the boundaries of his genre. His films are designed to feel like experiences rather than history lessons — as he puts it, “books are great for learning about the history of a subject, but for me, cinema is a place to experience the essence of a subject.”