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The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

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The life and work of the renowned primatology scientist, Jane Goodall, especially on her research about chimpanzees.

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Rated PG for thematic elements involving animal behavior, and brief smoking images | See all certifications »

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$58,348, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

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$1,587,320, 14 January 2018
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Being an animal lover, and vegan, it is incredibly inspiring!
20 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

'JANE': Four Stars (Out of Five)

A documentary biopic about the life and work of Jane Goodall. Goodall is a world famous primatologist, ethologist, anthropologist, vegetarian and animal rights activist, who challenged the male dominated science of her time, to revolutionize the world's understanding of humans relations to non-human animals, and nature, through her groundbreaking chimpanzee research. The film was written and directed by Brett Morgen, and it's received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics, as well as some prestigious awards recognition too. Being a huge animal lover, the film was really interesting and inspiring to me.

The film takes place primarily in the 60s, when Goodall traveled to Gombe Stream National Park, in Tanzania, to study chimpanzees in the wild, and their social interactions with each other. Her findings revolutionized the way we view chimpanzees, other primates, and animals in general. They also challenged the male dominated studies on the subject of that time too. The story is told through old footage, that just became public, and through interviews with Goodall now herself.

Being an animal lover, and vegan, it is incredibly inspiring to see how positive Goodall was in the animal rights movement. She also (obviously) helped advance women's efforts and work in science. So the film is definitely inspiring in those ways too, and it's also just really interesting to watch. The footage of chimpanzees in the wild is always fascinating to view as well. It's a little slow-paced at times, when the primates aren't onscreen, but it's mostly a very interesting and educational documentary.


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