The Woman Who Loves Giraffes
The working title of this wonderful documentary was “The Woman Who Loved Giraffes.” That could be the title of a Dr. Seuss tale, and, indeed, there is definitely a childlike quality to Anne Innis Dagg, giraffe pioneer and protector who fell in love with the extraordinary creature as a child at the zoo. This is Anne’s story, one that takes her from a happy childhood in Canada to the untrammelled wilds of Africa where for years she observed the giant animals with the focus of a seasoned scientist. The film is bookended by her return to Africa some fifty years after she first took out her notebook. Realizing early on that she needed the credentials to be taken seriously she pursued a doctorate in zoology and published in all the right journals. The Canadian scientific community, however (shame on you Waterloo), just couldn’t see its way into accepting Anne into its male sanctum. Nevertheless, she persisted. This is the remarkable story—and with amazing footage--of one exceptional woman’s achievements not only in observing the behaviour of giraffes long before anyone else but also in producing influential scholarly texts based on her research. Further, this is the story of a highly principled feminist who stuck her own neck out to protect the graceful long necks of others.
Director/Writer: Alison Reid
Producer: Joanne Jackson
Runtime: 82 mins
Tickets for the screening are included with price of admission to The Rooms, paid at the door. You may also present your Festival or Delegate Pass at the door for entry.