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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018)

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018)

Tatiana MaslanyVictor GarberAnne Innis DaggFred Bercovitch
Alison Reid


The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) is a English movie. Alison Reid has directed this movie. Tatiana Maslany,Victor Garber,Anne Innis Dagg,Fred Bercovitch are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2018. The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) is considered one of the best Documentary movie in India and around the world.

In1956, 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. In 1972, having published 20 research papers as an assistant professor of zoology at University of Guelph, the Dean of the university, denied her tenure. She couldn't apply to the University of Waterloo because the Dean there told Anne that he would never give tenure to a married woman. This was the catalyst that transformed Anne into a feminist activist. For three decades, Anne Innis Dagg was absent from the giraffe world ...


The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (2018) Reviews

  • Wonderful! Just wonderful.


    Among the big African animals, giraffes were always my favorite. Hugely tall, beautiful coats, practically the definition of deliberate grace in their movement. And like animals all over the world, we humans are gradually driving them into extinction by the simple method of taking over their natural environment. No species can survive without its living space. So that's one message this well-done documentary carries. It's familiar enough, but it's no less true and no less a tragedy. The other big theme is the story of the title character, Canadian naturalist Anne Innis Dagg. As a graduate student she went to South Africa to study these magnificent creatures in the wild in the early 1950's, and wrote what was then the definitive book on giraffe behavior and ecology. Shockingly, it remained the definitive book for literally decades after. It's a surprise to realize that Anne, a determined and resourceful young woman, went to do this on her own years BEFORE other more famous naturalists like Jane Goodall or Dian Fossey. The film shows a good deal of original camera footage from her first major visit there (along with some well done re-enactments to fill in necessary bits of the storyline), and splices those sections in with filming from the present consisting of interviews with Anne Dagg, her daughter Mary, some colleagues both new and old, and Anne's return to South Africa to the same place where she worked 60 years ago. After her research work in Africa, Anne Innis (as she was then) married physicist Ian Dagg and took a faculty position at the University of Guelph while her husband was at the nearby University of Waterloo. They started a family. But Anne's professional career came to a screeching, grinding, permanent halt when she was denied tenure for reasons that half a century later can be seen as yet another case of papered-over misogyny. Appeals to the Ontario Human Rights Commission met the same fate. Her brief and promising career was over. To make things worse, husband Ian died just at retirement age. In recent years, she has experienced something of a professional resurrection by the international community of giraffe biologists -- a relatively small but engagingly nice bunch of people who we get to meet. A few of them actively sought out this rather mysterious woman who literally wrote the book in their discipline and then faded away. My wife and I saw this at one of our local art cinemas, who ran a special series of showings of the film this month. Anne Dagg herself was there to do Q&A afterward with the audience (which by the way was full and enthusiastic). She's a gracious and matter-of-fact lady. Yes it's a different era now, things are genuinely better for women researchers, but as she would agree, the worst of it is that the numbers of giraffes are still going down. There are too many of us, and we aren't doing enough to save our fellow creatures on Earth.

  • Must see cinema !!


    I love giraffes. I love Anne Innis Dagg. I love her story except the part where the stupid men deny her jobs based on her sex. But back to the movie......how many of us in 1956 at age 23, would have thought to travel off to Africa to study giraffe. Anne did, and with a whole lot of creative thinking , she managed to locate a farmer who would let her board, while she would go out into the countryside each day and observe the giraffes. Eventually returning to Canada , she wrote and published copious amounts of materials based on her observations, and was deemed to be the worlds expert on giraffes. Anne's personal story is fascinating. The giraffe are fascinating. One can't help but come away from this film feeling more empathetic to the giraffes' endangered existence !!

  • Another film that glorifies White people who go to Africa to save animals....next!.


    Obviously the woman cares deeply about Giraffes which is commendable but from the looks of the film she was in SA for like 2 seconds studying giraffes and only went once to Africa for academic reasons and then 50 years later for tourism. So it is yet another film about Africa where there are mostly White people and animals filling the story line...how cliched.. right? Less than 2 minutes of footage had shots with Black Africans - who quite frankly if they interviewed probably also have extensive knowledge of giraffes. FYI. Africa is a continent not a country, which the film often refers to her going to Africa instead of SA. The whole film praises her for how adventurous she is to go to the Dark Continent as a solo wealthy White Woman to study giraffes in the wild...please....give me a break!?! No doubt she is cool to have challenged the establishment about gender equality but overall the film is pretty boring. By all means, save the giraffes and I applaud her for that but at least have responsible film making that doesn't rely on stereotypical views of Africa.


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