The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Documentary | PG | 83 min.


Uptown Theatre 1 Sat, Feb 23, 2019 4:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Production Country:Canada
Original Langauge:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Alison Reid
Cast:Dr. Anne Innis Dagg
Mary Dagg
Fred Bercovitch
Lisa Clifton-Bumpass
Produced By:Joanne Jackson
Alison Reid
Music By:Tom Third


"Reid’s terrific doc is a must-see: a biography of one of Canada’s greatest scientists" - Classical 96.3 FM

“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

Q&A with Anne Innis Dagg and director Alison Reid

In 1956, four years before Jane Goodall ventured into the world of chimpanzees and seven years before Dian Fossey left to work with mountain gorillas, in fact, before anyone, man or woman had made such a trip, 23-year-old Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to become the first person in the world to study animal behaviour in the wild on that continent. When she returned home a year later armed with important research, the insurmountable barriers she faced as a female scientist proved much harder to overcome. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes retraces the steps of Anne's 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.