VIFF Podcast

VIFF Podcast

Bringing you exclusive in-depth conversations with industry-leading filmmakers, creators and cultural luminaries, recorded live at The Vancouver International Film Festival. ~ About VIFF ~ Since 1982, the Vancouver International Film Festival has been a catalyst for communities to discover, discuss and share the creativity and craft of screen-based storytelling. VIFF expands the frame beyond screenings, offering audiences an in-depth series of talks, masterclasses, and live events at the Festival each Fall and as part of our year-round film program at the VIFF Centre. Head to to see what's currently screening and subscribe to VIFF news to be the first to know when the 2020 Festival program is announced.... Show More
May 6, 2020 27 min

In this episode, we present a conversation with Dr. Jane Goodall who reflects on seeing her life's journey to becoming one of the world’s most prominent conservationists chronicled through archival footage in Brett Morgen's 2017 documentary, Jane.

In 1960, at the age of 26 and with little academic training, Jane Goodall set off into the Gombe Stream National Park forests to study the relatively unexamined life of the chimpanzee. Her discoveries led to a lifelong fascination with our primate kin, and she went on to transform the world’s view of them.

Goodall’s work has since been canonized in books, essays, articles, and documentaries the world over, but the conservationist says none of these has been as authentic or nostalgic as Brett Morgen’s biographical documentary, Jane.

The Emmy-award winning documentary utilizes archival 16mm footage shot by Hugo van Lawick in the 1960s to deliver a powerful and uplifting portrayal of Goodall, following her groundbreaking research in Tanzania and the way she challenged male-dominated scientific communities with her chimpanzee research.

In this conversation recorded at the 2018 Vancouver International Film Festival, Dr. Godall speaks about how it all began, about her life's journey, and how it led her to the forests of Gombe to study the chimpanzees there.

October 4, 2017.
Host Andria Teather, The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada CEO

 This podcast is brought to you by the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Presented on the traditional and unceded territory of the x
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We've taken our VIFF Talks events online with a series of virtual Creator Talks lined up over the coming weeks. Register now for our Creator Talk with acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (Citizen K, The Innocence Project) on May 7 and join us May 13 for a conversation with Ozark showrunner, Chris Mundy

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