Jane’s Journey

Original Release: September 2, 2010 (Germany)
Directed by: Lorenz Knauer
Written by: Lorenz Knauer
Produced by: Michael Halberstadt, Philipp Schall, Philipp Wundt
Running Time: 111 minutes

More than 20 years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall, now 75, decided to give up her career as a primatologist, as well as her private life, in order to devote all her energy to saving our endangered planet. Since then she's been spending 300 days a year scouring the globe on her mission to spread hope for future generations. She has taken on the responsibilities of a UN Messenger of Peace, and has been honored with countless awards.

In Jane's Journey, we accompany her on her travels across several continents, and receive unprecedented access to her intense and exciting past. From her childhood home in Bournemouth, England, we embark to Gombe National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika, in Tanzania, her second home.

It's where she began her groundbreaking research nearly half a century ago, and she still returns every year to enjoy the company of the chimpanzees that made her the internationally recognized activist so loved and deeply respected.This documentary offers an intimate portrait of the private person behind the world-famous icon, possibly the most fascinating woman of our time, whose scientific breakthroughs are considered to be among the most important of the past 100 years.


Jane Goodall, Angelina Jolie, Pierce Brosnan, Kofi Annan (archive footage), Hugo Van Lawick (archive footage), Donald Schultz, Merlin van Lawick, Angel van Lawick, Michael Aisner, Judy Waters, Peter Whitemountain, Tom Mangelsen, Erasto Njavike, Mary Lewis, Chandler Shaak, Anthony Collins, Dale Peterson, Patricia Hamond

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Filming Locations:
  • New York, USA
  • Tanzania, Africa
  • This documentary was co-produced by Animal Planet.
  • Angelina Jolie and Dr. Jane Goodall has met several times over the years and have worked together on several causes.

Awards & Nominations

German Film Critics Association Awards as Best Film Score
Palm Springs International Film Festival as Best Documentary Feature
Cinema for Peace Foundation as International Green Film Award