Gombe, Tanzania - Jane Goodall and infant chimpanzee Flint reach out to touch each other's hands. Flint was the first infant born at Gombe after Jane arrived. With him she had a great opportunity to study chimp developmentóand to have physical contact, which is no longer deemed appropriate with chimps in the wild. The feature documentary JANE will be released in select theaters October 2017. (National Geographic Creative/ Hugo van Lawick)

Gombe, Tanzania – Jane Goodall and infant chimpanzee Flint reach out to touch each other’s hands. Flint was the first infant born at Gombe after Jane arrived. With him she had a great opportunity to study chimp developmentóand to have physical contact, which is no longer deemed appropriate with chimps in the wild. The feature documentary JANE was released in theaters October 2017. (National Geographic Creative/ Hugo van Lawick)

From acclaimed filmmaker, Brett Morgan, the multi award-winning documentary JANE will broadcast on National Geographic on 25 March 2018 (20:05 CAT). This film shows unseen footage of the work done by Dr Jane Goodall in Tanzania’s Gombe wilderness and explores some of her ground-breaking discoveries on chimpanzees.

JANE, which sheds fresh light on the world acclaimed conservationist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and United Nations Messenger of Peace, has screened at more than 25 film festivals globally, including the BFI London Film Festival, New York Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Savannah Film Festival and DOC NYC. The film was also the first documentary ever to play at the iconic Los Angeles landmark.

British born Goodall was only twenty-six when she arrived in Africa to study the behaviour of chimpanzees. A female pioneer in a male dominated field, Goodall had no scientific training, but her passion for animals and extraordinary patience made up for it. She challenged the scientific consensus of her time by living among the chimpanzees, patiently gaining their trust and meticulously hand documenting her findings. Her discovery that chimps are highly intelligent and social creatures that use tools to gather food, revolutionised man’s understanding of nature, and Goodall soon made headlines around the world.

Various free screenings have been arranged to celebrate the work and life of this remarkable wildlife pioneer. The Jane Goodall Institute will host a special screening at an independent cinema in Mpumalanga on 17 March. This event will also serve as a fundraiser to continue their work. JANE has been selected as the opening film of the Eco Film Festival on 22 March in both Cape Town (Labia) and Johannesburg (Bioskope). More information is available on the festival’s website:http://saecofilmfestival.com. Both Pretoria University and WITS University’s Departments of Mammal Studies will be hosting screenings for students on their campuses on 13 and 23 March respectively. The Nat Geo Umsuka Project will be screening JANE for student learners near the Cradle of Humankind at the Westbury Youth Centre as part of their outreach efforts to stimulate greater local interest in natural history and the anthropological sciences.

Gombe, Tanzania - Jane formed a close bond with young Fifi. As the film "Jane" depicts, Jane and the other Gombe researchers later discontinued feeding and touching the wild chimps. The feature documentary JANE will be released in select theaters October 2017. (National Geographic Creative/ Hugo van Lawick)

Gombe, Tanzania – Jane formed a close bond with young Fifi. As the film “Jane” depicts, Jane and the other Gombe researchers later discontinued feeding and touching the wild chimps. The feature documentary JANE was released in theaters October 2017. (National Geographic Creative/ Hugo van Lawick)

Later in March, National Geographic fans can also look forward to One Strange Rock, the extraordinary story of Earth as told by an elite group of astronauts who provide unique perspectives and relate personal memoirs of our planet as seen from outer space. The Academy Award®-nominated actor Will Smith will host this series, that premieres on 28 March (20:05 CAT), for nine weeks, which promises to be a thrilling, mind-bending trip within and beyond planet Earth.

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