Voted Best Documentary at the 2017 Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards
Director Brett Morgen uses a trove of never-before-seen 16 mm footage unearthed after 50 years from the National Geographic archives to shed fresh light on trailblazing conservationist Jane Goodall.
Morgen, described by The Wall Street Journal as “the leading revolutionary of American documentary film,” tells Goodall’s story starting in 1960, when the 26-year-old British woman arrives in a remote area of northwestern Tanzania to study chimpanzees. Driven by her love of animals but lacking any formal training,
Goodall triumphs in a male-dominated field, challenging conventional research methods with her unique approach to wildlife observation. Patiently gaining the animals’ trust, she soon makes headlines with the discovery that chimps are highly intelligent and social creatures that use tools to gather food.
When the dashing Dutch filmmaker Hugo van Lawick is sent to document her work in 1964, filmmaker and subject soon fall in love, marry and have a child together. But Goodall is shaken when her beloved chimpanzees succumb to an outbreak of polio and engage in a brutal war.
Drawing on van Lawick’s stunning wildlife footage and exclusive interviews with Goodall, as well as research footage from the Jane Goodall Institute and Goodall family videos and set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of a woman who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.
A special added family attraction, weekend of 11/11, the animated film of Patrick McDonnel’s heart-warming children’s book, Me…Jane.
In his childlike way the author presents the true story of Jane Goodall’s relationship to her monkey, Jubilee.
The short will play before all weekend screenings beginning November 11 and 12 and is provided to Real Art Ways free of cost by the wonderful Weston Woods Studio in Danbury, Connecticut. Learn more about them at: https://westonwoods.scholastic.com/
"This is a wondrous and moving account of a remarkable life that puts us right there with Goodall to share directly in her discoveries."
""Jane" will delight those familiar with Ms. Goodall and provide a vibrant introduction for newcomers."
"Meeting a chimpanzee's gaze, the pioneering researcher says she encountered "a thinking, reasoning personality." With "Jane," we see what she saw."
Directed by Brett Morgen
REGULAR ADMISSION: $11
REAL ART WAYS MEMBERS: $6
SENIOR & STUDENT MEMBERS: $5.50
SENIORS (65+): $8
FULL-TIME STUDENTS (WITH ID): $8
REAL ART WAYS' FACILITIES ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE. ASSISTED LISTENING DEVICES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE CAFÉ.