The New Documentary about CBCGDF's Old Friend and Mentor Jane Goodall Made Oscar Shortlist
2018/1/11 22:29:00 本站

This new documentary “Jane” is beautiful, gut-wrenching, profound, and draws an intimate portrait of Dr. Jane Goodall, whose research challenged the male-dominated scientific landscape of her time. This film has become the focus of major media reviews. The upcoming nomination for this year's Academy Award for Best Documentary has also been its harvest.

Principally comprised of 16mm footage shot during her early years by her eventual husband van Lawick (himself a great animal lover and beloved photographer), the movie’s very existence is something of a miracle even before taking into account how good and insightful it is. Van Lawick’s original footage was believed lost for more than five decades before being discovered in the National Geographic archives, a stunning collection of lush material that focuses mostly during her first years in Gombe. Jane herself offers up the narration, and even appears in the present day in a handful of interviews conducted with Morgen. A lifelong animal lover who was given the unexpected opportunity to travel to Tanzania and embed herself with the chimps as part of a study (commissioned by archaeologist and paleontologist Louis Leakey, who was compelled by the idea that a novice could extract more information from the experience than a trained scientist, one potentially rife with their own biases), “Jane” follows Goodall as she makes her earliest introductions to both Gombe and its chimps. As “Jane” winds on, her accomplishments bleed from professional to personal, pushing onward to the present day and her many good deeds (canny parallels between her and the chimps are well handled and not at all pushy). The film is mostly a love story, though not just of Jane and van Lawick (though theirs is as satisfying as any epic big-screen romance), but of Jane and her chimps, her work, her entire life.

Dr. Jane Goodall and CBCGDF have deep roots. As early as milu reintroduced in the 1980s, she began to pay attention to CBCGDF’s work. She visited the Milu Garden in South Haizi, in 1988, 1998 and 2007, three times. She spoke highly of CBCGDF’s biodiversity conservation, praised our "Ecological Belts and Roads Initiative" (EBRs) and immediately said, "Please include my name in it." In 2016, during the lunch of CBCGDF’s Secretary-General with her, they exchanged the information about our work. Jane wrote a message on the book "Hope for Animals and Their World" presented to us, expressing her high recognition and support for the work of CBCGDF. She wrote: “Together, let's make this a better world for all life!"

On the 2017 International Orangutan Day, the Secretary-General of CBCGDF and Jane greeted each other. The two sides exchanged views on the protection of endangered species including orangutans, pangolin and bluefin tuna. Jane highly praised CBCGDF for our efforts to protect endangered species, especially in the protection of bluefin tuna. She believes that the protection of bluefin tuna is a thorny problem. It is understood that the profit margin of illegal fishing is very large, for endangered fish is a very harmful thing. Today, commercial fishing boats can easily find fish if they install a geographic information tracking system (GIS). She thinks the most effective solution is to boycott consumption. She hopes to share it with the "Roots and Shoots" network, which will allow consumers to refuse to eat bluefin tuna. For the sake of the environment and animal protection, in her 80s, Jane is still running around and calls for advocacy of protecting wildlife and protecting the common earth home of all beings.

Aware of the achievements of the documentary "Jane", the Secretary-General of CBCGDF said in his letter of congratulations to Jane: “Your spirit has inspired generations of people, including my CBCGDF colleagues and me. The nice words you wrote to me in 2016 "Together, let's make this a better world for all life" has become our motto, which helped us to conquer various of frustrations, difficulties and all kinds of obstacles in our efforts to protect the environment and conserve biodiversity.” Jane wrote back soon. She shared with the Secretary General of CBCGDF many ongoing conservation projects and issues concerning the world's ecological environment and mentioned that she will return to China later this year, and she looks forward to seeing the Secretary-General again. At last, she wrote: “So this is the message I share with you now in the hope that throughout 2018 we shall be energized by the beauty that is all around us, and rather than becoming discouraged and rendered helpless by the ignorance and evil that is so obvious, we shall become strengthened by the goodness and love that is also everywhere. Then we shall be able to use the gift of our lives, to make the world that little bit better – every day”. “By the way, we must take time to make merry, to have fun – and to laugh". “I am sending you my best wishes for this new year, may collaborate whenever possible to make this a better world. And sending lots of admiration for all that you do, and lots of love.”