The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Canada, 83m, DCP

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Screened January 10–30, 2020

In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall immersed herself in the world of chimpanzees, 23-year-old biologist Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. In this enlightening and inspiring documentary, the now-86-year-old retraces her groundbreaking steps with the help of old letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage. The intimate window into Dagg’s life as a young woman—and the world’s first ‘giraffologist’ whose research findings formed the foundation for many modern scientists —is juxtaposed with a first-hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today to create a bracing impact. 

Official Selection: Seattle International Film Festival

A Zeitgeist Films release.

A film by Alison Reid

Naturally enlightening, inspirational, and rousing…makes the viewer feel joy and pride.”

Andrew Parker, The Gate

This warm documentary uses one woman’s singular passion to fuel a tale of zoological discovery, blatant sexism and environmental alarm.”

The New York Times