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  • Brett Morgan

Jane Goodall, a young and untrained woman, challenges male-dominated scientific consensus with her chimpanzee research and revolutionizes people's understanding of the natural world.

Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for more than 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story 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.

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.

Past Programs


Primatologists discuss Jane Goodall

Austin Film Society, Austin, TX

The research of Jane Goodall

Enzian Theater, Maitland, FL


Ape conservation: How close is too close?

Athena Cinema, Athens, OH

Why do we study apes?

Cameo Cinema, St Helena, CA