FILM: THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES

2018 / documentary / 2h 3min / directed by Alison Reid / country: Canada / language: English

““Giraffes” benefits not only from Dagg’s charismatic presence but also from excerpts of letters she wrote during her first trip to Africa (read by Tatiana Maslany) and 16-millimeter color film she shot back in the day. And, no surprise, the film has numerous shots of those giraffes themselves, gorgeous beasts truly looking like no other animal on the planet, at their ease as well as hypnotically running across the African plains.”
Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

“In the summer of 1956, years before Jane Goodall encountered her chimpanzees, a young Canadian biologist named Anne Innis Dagg traveled, alone, to South Africa to meet her favorite beast in its natural habitat. As documented in “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes,” that trip — aside from a Scottish study of red deer — would make her the first scientist ever to study the behavior of animals in the wild. She was 23.
Blessed with a trove of 16-millimeter film footage captured during this yearlong adventure, the director, Alison Reid, uses it as the foundation for a far-ranging story of scientific discovery, sexual discrimination and environmental alarm.”
Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times

Dr. Anne Innis Dagg re-traces the steps of her groundbreaking 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild – and discovers a startling contrast between the world of giraffes she once knew and the one it has become. Weaving through the past and present, her harrowing journey gives us an intimate look into the factors that destroyed her career and the forces that brought her back. (source)

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