The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Documentary 83 min
Saturday, February 8
Sunday, February 9
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In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey worked with mountain gorillas, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. In The Woman Who Loves Giraffes Anne (now 85) retraces her steps, and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a firsthand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Another 100 percenter on Rotten Tomatoes.

“A far-ranging story of scientific discovery, sexual discrimination and environmental alarm.” — Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
“A fascinating story stunt coordinator-turned-filmmaker Reid patiently approaches from various captivating angles.” — Tomris Laffly, Variety
“Alison Reid deserves high praise for fine storytelling, combining ecology and social-justice issues while focusing on a woman ahead of her times, whose ambitions were thwarted by institutional sexism.” — Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star
directed by
Alison Reid
written by
Alison Reid
Fred Bercovitch, Lisa Clifton-Bumpass, Anne Innis Dagg, Mary Dagg
production company
Zeitgeist Films