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  • Director: Brett Morgen
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 90 min.

Jane is the story of how Jane Goodall became Jane Goodall – using footage shot by future husband Hugo van Lawick of her first experiences in Gombe, Tanzinia in the 1960’s. Previously thought to be lost forever, the footage was only recently discovered in a storage unit, and has been now masterfully intercut with interviews of present day Jane Goodall to provide an in-depth portrait of her life. With an enchanting score by Phillip Glass, JANE is a captivating and immersive look into how one woman can change the world through passion, dedication, and perseverance.

"A deeply felt, loving tribute to a truly remarkable woman."
- Christopher Machell, CineVue
"One of the truly immersive cinematic experiences you will have anytime soon."
- Richard Rushfield, The Ankler
"Jane isn't just required viewing for fans of Goodall or animal lovers, but anyone seeking a classic in the making."
- Kate Erbland, Indiewire
"Jane is an epic romance filled with hope and brimming with a love for life and all of its ups and downs."
- April Wolfe, Village Voice
"The film confronts not just the expected issue of environmentalism but also explores themes of survival, separation, loss, and death."
- Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"For all the advancements that Goodall brought to our understanding of chimpanzees, the real lesson of "Jane" may be that it is connection - whether among humans or chimpanzees - that is the true measure of a species."
- Pat Padua, Washington Post
"There are no loose ends or wasted time; everything builds to a rising crescendo that makes you feel like your heart is going to burst."
- April Wolfe, L.A. Weekly
"Goodall dreamed of Africa, not domestic bliss. In one lovely shot, she stands barefoot in the rain veiled by a clear tarp wet with lacy droplets, a woman married to her ambitions."
- Amy Nicholson, Uproxx
"Full of vivid greens and sun-backlit wildlife imagery, Van Lawick's shots are beautifully composed yet not too formal looking, thanks to the warm, grainy quality of 16-millimeter film. "Jane" looks like an old home movie directed by David Lean."
- Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"With a thrilling musical score from Oscar nominated composer Philip Glass this film from director Brett Morgen should be a prime Oscar contender not only for Documentary Feature, but also Original Music Score, and perhaps Film Editing. One of the highlights of the recent Toronto International Film Festival. "
- Pete Hammond, Deadline
"A mesmerizing documentary, filled with incredible footage of Goodall in the field and modern-day interviews, all set to the best score from Philip Glass in years. One of the best documentaries of 2017. An astonishing accomplishment. Morgen is setting the bar for profile documentaries and changing the rules for his field. "
- Brian Tallerico,