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Film Info
  • Year: 2019
  • Film Format: DCP, Blu-ray and DVD
  • Origin: Canada
  • Runtime: 83 mins
  • Color
  • Language: English

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, 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 86) 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 first hand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Both the world’s first ‘giraffologist’, whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES gives us a moving perspective on both.

THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES is a Zeitgeist Films release in association with Kino Lorber. To book this film please contact Nancy Gerstman or Emily Russo.

Trailers (DCP and Quicktime), stills, a press kit and various size jpegs of the poster can be downloaded from our Dropbox.

Alison Reid

ALISON REID (Director, Writer, Producer) is an award-winning director who began her career as a stunt coordinator and second unit director. After accumulating 300 credits, she formed Free Spirit Films to produce projects diverse in genre but similar in their exploration of the human spirit. Reid received the 2007 Crystal Award for Emerging Director from DGC/WIFT. Her independent feature, The Baby Formula (2009), sold internationally, won the Audience Award at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, ‘Best LGBT Film’ at Nashville Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Zenith at the Montreal World Film Festival. Her television directing credits include Saving Hope, Heartland and Murdoch Mysteries.

“This warm documentary uses one woman’s singular passion to fuel a tale of zoological discovery, blatant sexism and environmental alarm.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“INSPIRING... A bright spot in the middle of this dark month, Alison Reid’s unabashedly sincere documentary offers gentle comfort even when it brushes up against tough subjects.” – Elizabeth Weitzman, The Wrap
“Her research was groundbreaking, and the 16 millimeter color footage she shot at the time, amply displayed in the documentary, is breathtaking.” – Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor
“Alison Reid’s loving documentary affectionately celebrates little-known giraffologist Dr. Anne Innis Dagg’s groundbreaking scientific work and generous contributions to women’s equality.” – Tomris Laffly, Variety
“A uniquely captivating hybrid of a movie.” – David Lamble, The Bay Area Reporter
“An inspiring documentary that should be at the top of everyone’s list of must-see films.” – , The Alliance of Women Film Journalists




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Cinema Art Theater Lewes DE February 7-20, 2020
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Laemmle Claremont Claremont CA February 21-27, 2020
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Landmark Chez Artiste Denver CO February 21-27, 2020
Frontier Theater Brunswick ME February 21-27, 2020
Sisters Theater Sisters OR February 21-27, 2020
Austin Film Society Austin TX February 21-27, 2020
Laemmle Monica Film Center Los Angeles CA Opens February 21st!
Strand Theatre Rockland ME February 22-25, 2020
Naro Expanded Cinema Norfolk VA February 26th, 2020
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Spokane International Film Festival Spokane WA February 29, 2020 Only!
Charleston Film Festival Charleston SC March 5-8, 2020
Landmark Ken Cinema San Diego CA March 6-12 One Week Only!
Liberty Theatre Camas WA March 6-12, 2020
Cleveland Cinematheque Cleveland OH March 12, 2020 Only
The Picture House Pelham NY March 13-19, 2020
Ryder Film Series Bloomington IN March 14-29, 2020
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Mesilla Valley Film Society Mesilla NM March 27- April 2 Only
Sarasota Film Festival Sarasota FL March 27 - April 5, 2020
Salina Arts Center Salina KS March 30, 2020 Only!
Wisconsin Film Festival Madison WI April 2-9, 2020
CCA Cinematheque Santa Fe NM Starts April 15, 2020
Wilmette Theatre Wilmette IL April 17-23, 2020
Wexner Center for the Arts Columbus OH June 5-6, 2020