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Year of production
Country of origin
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Neos Film, CC Medienproduktion, Sphinx Media in association with Animal Planet, Discovery Communications, Cinepostproduction, SWR, ARTE, Licht & Ton
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Cinema > Documentary
Television > Fiction > Feature Film
Television > Documentary > Human Interest
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Made for Cinema
Intended audiences
General Audience

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Now also available in 3D!

“If we are the most intellectual creature that has ever walked on the planet, how come we are destroying that planet?”
(Jane Goodall)

Almost 25 years ago famed primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall gave up her career in order to devote her entire time and energy to the mission of saving our planet. As this charismatic woman tells us about her life, she is shown among her beloved chimpanzees in Africa, as well as on her travels around the globe to spread her message that there is still hope for future generations.

With its unhurried pace and unobtrusive camera, this documentary shows the charismatic and eloquent Jane Goodall as she has never been seen before. Intimate conversations with Goodall alternate with spectacular footage of her and her beloved chimpanzees as well as revealing comments by her son, her colleagues and even Hollywood celebrities. The definitive film on the ardent advocate for the protection of the earth!

"Fascinating...Inspiring! An engaging, often personal look at the great primatologist turned conservationist Jane Goodall." (The Hollywood Reporter)
"To be with Jane Goodall is like walking with Mahatma Gandhi." (Boston Globe)

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More than twenty years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, now 79, decided to give up her career as a primatologist, as well as her private life, in order to devote her entire energy to saving our endangered planet. Since then she’s been spending 300 days per year traveling around the globe spreading hope for future generations by giving lectures, writing books and through her youth organization ‘Roots & Shoots’, active in more than 100 countries worldwide. From her childhood home in Bournemouth, England, we travel with her to the Gombe National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in Tanzania, her second home. Here is where she began her groundbreaking research nearly half a century ago, and where she returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her famous. We accompany her on her journey across several continents and learn about her exciting past. Featuring tributes and comments by people who are very close to her, and private 8mm film material from her years at Gombe, "Jane’s Journey" is a portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon. It is the story of an exceptional woman, possibly the most fascinating woman of our time.

Additional Film Festivals:
Official Selection - Hamptons IFF
Official Selection - Palm Springs IFF
Official Selection - Sao Paulo IFF
Official Selection - Sevilla IFF
Official Selection - Abu Dhabi IFF
Official Selection - Edinburgh IFF
Official Selection - Haifa IFF
Official Selection - Camerimage
Official Selection - Flanders FF Ghent

Cast & Crew

Lorenz Knauer
Key talent(s)
Jane Goodall, featuring also Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan
Philipp Schall, Philipp Wundt, Michael Halberstadt
Lorenz Knauer
Director of Photography
Richard Ladkani


Cinema for Peace Awards (2010)
Cinema for Peace Awards (won) Documentary (The International Green Film Award)