THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES: The determined woman, who is truly Canada’s Jane Goodall!
On Wednesday December 19th at 7 p.m. Followed by Q&A with the ground-breaking Canadian biologist, Anne Innis Dagg and film director Alison Reid!
News from the Film House at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre on St. Paul Street in downtown St. Catharines, Ontario
Posted December 18th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Niagara, Ontario – Anne Innis Dagg discovered her life-long passion for giraffes as a little girl while visiting the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago in 1947. When she asked for a book on the animals, she was surprised to learn there wasn’t one…
“So I thought, ‘Well, I’ll learn about giraffes and then I’ll write one,’” recalled Dagg.
Dagg, a Toronto-born biologist is considered the world’s first “giraffologist,” and the first researcher to study the animals in the wild in Africa in 1956 – preceding Jane Goodall’s study of chimpanzees and Dian Fossey’s work with gorillas.
In 1956, at the age of 23, Dagg became only the second scientist in history to study an animal in their natural habitat when she traveled to South Africa in the early years of apartheid as a single, unaccompanied woman. Her PhD became the seminal text on the creatures, and her studies remain cited in nearly all scholarly works written about giraffes today. Her book The Giraffe is still studied in universities and treasured by zoo keepers.
THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES is naturally enlightening, inspirational and rousing. The director Alison Reid makes the viewer feel joy and pride for all of Dagg’s ground-breaking successes and sadness and anger at the patriarchal constructs that derailed her professional career for over thirty years.
The documentary does have a happy ending: in 2010, a distinguished group of giraffologists brought Dagg back into the fold. Anne Innis Dagg is now gaining recognition as a well-respected Canadian pioneer in science!
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Meet the Canadian woman that was the first person to study Giraffe behaviour in the wild!
Limited seating, advance ticket purchase advised.
FILM MEMBERS: $7
Wed 19 Dec at 7pm
Film House // 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
“Director Alison Reid deserves high praise for fine storytelling, combining ecology and social-justice issues while focusing on a woman ahead of her times.”
– The Toronto Star
“A woman who blazed a game changing path, fought against bullies that sought to keep them down, and found their work enduring and gaining newfound relevancy throughout the years.”
– The Gate Entertainment Magazine
“Anne Innis Dagg’s story, with all its ups and downs, can inspire a generation of women to claim their rightful place in the academic jungle and fight for their passions, whatever they may be.”
– Point of View Magazine
The film is also screening:
Thu, DEC 27 2:30pm
Fri, DEC 28 2:30pm
Sat DEC 29 4:00pm
Special Q&A with Anne Innis Dagg and Director Alison Reid after the film DEC 19!
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