The Woman Who Loves Giraffes


The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018)




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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 -- 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 behavior in the wild on that continent. When she returned home a year later armed with ground-breaking 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 ground-breaking 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.


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All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

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.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

An otherwise uplifting effort from first-time feature-maker Alison Reid.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Reid makes the viewer feel joy and pride for all of Dagg's groundbreaking successes and sadness and anger at the patriarchal constructs that derailed her professional career for over thirty years.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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