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“There is a powerful force unleashed when young people resolve to make a change.”

Jane Goodall


Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage filmed by Hugo van Lawick, research footage from the Jane Goodall Institute, Goodall family videos and personal commentary, the documentary Jane offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of the trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists. When Jane Goodall and her peers Dian Fossey and Birutė Galdikas began their longitudinal studies of chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans, respectively, they began more than one revolution in the biological sciences. By patiently integrating herself into the community she was studying, Jane pioneered a methodology of observation and allowed a new understanding of what it means to be human. She and the other “Trimates” proved that women could be successful as scientists in a world previously dominated by men.


National Geographic and Journeys in Film are proud to present a discussion guide for Jane. This feature documentary from award-winning director Brett Morgen (“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” “The Kid Stays in the Picture”) uses a trove of 16 mm footage unearthed from the National Geographic Society archives. 

Beginning with Jane Goodall's early years, the discussion guide invites viewers to reflect on her innovative and groundbreaking research with the chimpanzee group at Gombe, her lifelong mission to educate others about conservation, and the status of women in the sciences.


Jane - Discussion Guide (Tanzania)