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It would be hard to name anyone who has had more of an impact in the realm of animal research and wildlife conservation than Jane Goodall, whose 45 year study of wild chimpanzees in Africa is legendary.
In Jane's Journey, we travel with her across several continents, from her childhood home in England, to the Gombe National Park in Tanzania where she began her groundbreaking research and where she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her famous. Featuring a wide range of interviews and spectacular footage from her own private collection (including her years in Gombe), Jane's Journey is an inspiring portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon.
***** [highest rating] A beautiful tribute to Dr. Goodall's accomplishments, a celebration of her spirit and an inspiration for all. --Jennifer Merin, About.com Documentaries
Fascinating & Inspiring! An engaging, often personal look at the great primatologist-turned-conservationist. --The Hollywood Reporter
Spectacularly photographed. Jane's Journey is a trip worth taking. --Village Voice
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The film starts with the 75 year old Goodall reflecting back on her life. Through her recollections and the use of personal films, we meet the girl who went to Tanzania to commune with the chimpanzees. These brief glimpses paint a fascinating, if episodic, portrait of Goodall's early career, marriages, and motherhood. We never get too close to the subject matter, though, and yet it still helps to define the major shift into activism that occurred in 1986.Read more ›
I agree pretty much with my fellow Amazon reviewer, K. Harris who pretty much covers the feature film in depth. The film is framed by scenes of Goodall making her annual two-week visit to the Gombe area of Tanzania. (She travels away from her home in Bournemouth, England more than 300 days each year!). The film is fully narrated by Goodall herself, with interviews with others in her life, inserted at the appropriate places. The first 20 minutes act as a min-biography, using vintage footage to show how Goodall first went to Africa, worked on studies with chimpanzees, married twice (and divorced twice). Though now much older, with long straight gray hair and minimal makeup, Goodall has maintained the beautiful skin and facial features that made her photogenic to National Geographic as well as her two husband.
But after the chimpanzee portion we find Goodall's other activities. She created a Foundation as well as a program called "Roots & Shoots" to get young people involved in the environment.Read more ›
had the pleasure of reviewing before on yet another DVD of Jane Goodall and my appreciation and respect for this lady is immense. If you have enjoyed anything that Jane Goodall has written about animal survival in the past, I am positive that you will enjoy her travels and paths in life and where life has taken her and the dedication she has and is giving continually to our world......Buy it as you will not be disappointed in any way I guarantee it.......Sophia
This movie is a great example of a young person following her dreams and developing the strength of character to persist in the face of hardship.
The sharing of her passion with young African school children will no doubt inspire some of them to follow in her foot steps.
Long may Jane have good health and vitality to continue her good work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This video was heart warming and beautiful, I would recommend it to everyone, my daughter loved it as well.Very well done.
Charles Lightwalker, PhD, Metis Shaman
I highly recommend this movie to anyone that is a wildlife activist and people activist. I was so impressed Jane went to the Pine Ridge Reservation. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Melissa Martin's Reading List Blog
The movie is 5 star for me. However the producer, Mongrel,has no language, subtitle or bonus features. Other versions have these interactive menus.Published on September 14, 2012 by Dessie M
There is not a person who has not heard of Jane Goodall and her animal research in Africa. There have been so many interviews with her and for me this was the first time to see a... Read morePublished on June 28, 2012 by Eugenia