The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

2020

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

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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 85) 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.

Cast

Tatiana Maslany
as Voice of Young Anne Innis
Victor Garber
as Voice of South African Rancher, Alex Matthew
Lindsay Leese
as Voice of Anne’s mother, Mary Quayle Innis
David Chinchilla
as Voice of Anne's fiance and later husband, Ian Dagg

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  • Dagg is the focus of Alison Reid's The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, and it confirms a long-held tenet of mine: If the subject of a documentary is fascinating, it doesn't much matter if the filmmaking is workmanlike.

    Jan 15, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating story stunt coordinator-turned-filmmaker Reid patiently approaches from various captivating angles.

    Jan 10, 2020 | Full Review…

    Tomris Laffly

    Variety
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  • Despite some grim ecological statistics and a conservationist message, the movie is so inspirational it feels like the sort of old-fashioned family film that can now be excavated on Disney+.

    Jan 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • A far-ranging story of scientific discovery, sexual discrimination and environmental alarm.

    Jan 9, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Innis Dagg returns to the site of her innovative research, and the accompaniment of vivid color photographs and 16-millimeter footage the scientist herself took in the late '50s render the duality of the experience all the more bewitching.

    Oct 11, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I wish the film was a bit stronger, but after a lifetime of being denied her place in history thanks largely to misogyny in the academia world... I'm glad we have this documentary.

    Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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