New Short Film: Epic International Cast Honors Dr. Jane Goodall’s 90th Birthday

In honor of Dr. Jane Goodall’s 90th birthday, Mercy For Animals and the Jane Goodall Institute have released a special short film, Voices of Hope ~ Words of Wisdom by Dr. Jane Goodall, produced to commemorate Dr. Goodall’s lifelong advocacy for animals, people, and the environment. Narrated by more than 20 public figures from around the world, the film aims to inspire people to emulate Dr. Goodall’s powerful work as an activist, a conservationist, and a changemaker. 

Opening with a statement from Dr. Goodall herself, the film features a collection of profound quotes from Dr. Goodall recited by Ellen Burstyn, James Cromwell, Sen. Cory Booker, Dr. Deepak Chopra, Tabitha Brown, Alicia Silverstone, Paul Wesley, Joseph Morgan, Persia White, Nikki Reed, Jon Kortajarena, Evanna Lynch, Mýa, Elizabeth Lail, Sarah Jeffery, Gus Kenworthy, Stephanie Corneliussen, Alexandra Paul, Matt Lauria, Kris Carr, Dr. BJ Miller, and Pramoda Chitrabhanu. 

These esteemed and passionate public figures hope that everyone who watches the film will be compelled to make a positive impact in the world this year and beyond. In honor of Dr. Goodall, “together we can, together we will.”

Nik Tyler, Mercy For Animals’ senior celebrity and media relations manager and the director of the film, said:

Dr. Goodall’s advocacy for animals and the environment has inspired everyone at Mercy For Animals. Honoring her at our Hope Gala in 2021 was a pivotal moment for the organization, and creating this short film to celebrate her 90th birthday has been a beautiful full-circle experience. Mercy For Animals, the Jane Goodall Institute, and our inspiring ensemble of narrators hope that Dr. Goodall’s message of reverence for all living beings and the planet will unite, uplift, and empower viewers to make positive choices and changes in the world.

90 Years of Jane

Dr. Goodall has dedicated her life to understanding other animals and encouraging empathy with and compassion for those who share our planet. In 1977, Dr. Goodall founded the Jane Goodall Institute to support and inspire others to protect and cherish the natural world. Anna Rathmann, executive director at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, said:

Dr. Goodall has long been an advocate for the dignity and well-being of all living things. We’re thrilled to partner with Mercy For Animals and the impressive roster of narrators who participated in this project. Through our collective voices, we can speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, and further advance Jane’s vision of a better planet for us all.

Make sure you stay up to date on Dr. Goodall’s inspiring work by following the Jane Goodall Institute on Instagram, Facebook, and X/Twitter.