Zeitgeist Films, in association with Kino Lorber, has acquired the U.S. rights to Allison Reid’s feature-length documentary, The Woman Who Loves Giraffes.
Featuring the voices of actors Tatiana Maslany, Victor Garber, David Chinchilla and Lindsay Leese reading real letters, the film tells the story of Anne Innis Dagg, who, at age 23 in 1956, made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild — years before Jane Goodall would set out to study chimpanzees or Dian Fossey would work with mountain gorillas.
The Woman Who Loves Giraffes retraces her steps with archival 16mm film, along with new footage and interviews, highlighting Dagg’s legacy as the world’s first giraffologist and shedding light on the devastating realities that giraffes are facing today.
Reid serves as writer, director and producer. Joanne Jackson is producer, with Paul Zimic serving as EP.
“The first time I heard about Anne Innis Dagg her story captivated me, and never let me go,” said Reid, in a statement. “As I listened to Wild Journey, a CBC radio documentary that told the tale of Anne’s pioneering journey, I was riveted by every word. I immediately read her book Pursuing Giraffe: A 1950′s Adventure and knew I had to make a film about it.”
“This expertly made film hit all the right buttons for us: a fascinating unknown story of a remarkable woman, scientist, feminist and naturalist, which left us both furious at a career derailed, and elated at this belatedly happy outcome for giraffologist Anne Innis Dagg,” added Emily Russo and Nancy Gerstman, Zeitgeist Films co-presidents. “We are thrilled to share her story with U.S. audiences and bring her important overlooked work back to the fore where it urgently needs to be,”
Watch a trailer for The Woman Who Loves Giraffes below: