It must have been a dream come true for award-winning director Brett Morgen when National Geographic handed him more than 140 hours of never-before-seen color footage shot in the 1960s detailing the work of Jane Goodall—a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. To build a thread through the reams of unlogged existing footage to create the film Jane, Morgen took veteran indie cinematographer Ellen Kuras to Tanzania to spend two days filming a wide-ranging interview with Goodall, now in her early eighties, and a woman of great candor, humor and warmth. Goodall was a 26-year-old secretary who had always felt a yearning for Africa when Kenyan-born paleontologist Louis Leakey, looking for someone who would bring no scientific bias, chose her to travel to Tanzania in 1960 to conduct chimpanzee research for his behavioral study of great apes in relation to early hominids. Given that Goodall's family had not been in a financial position to provide a university education, her qualifications were "an open mind, a passion for knowledge, patience, and a love of animals." A companion was required for the trip so Goodall's mother volunteered, setting up a camp clinic to treat local fishermen from miles around. That fact alone (two brave, curious, mutually supportive women venturing into wilderness territory) makes for a rousing feminist story. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, Jane offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world's most admired conservationists. Jane is an absorbing, beautifully filmed, overall enlightening trip into the wild with Jane Goodall that you don’t want to miss. “On almost every level, in almost every way, Jane is an exemplary work of documentation, storytelling, and filmmaking,” says Sarah Kurchak of Consequence of Sound. “It is a fascinating story about an amazing woman,” adds Robin Clifford of Reeling Reviews. 1:30. Rated PG for thematic elements involving mating apes, harsh scenes of death and nature.
- Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Show more dates
- 2:00pm - 4:00pm
- Multi-Purpose Room A
- Dover Public Library