Three More Opportunities to see ‘The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Dr. Ann Innis Dagg and a friend

The Feature Length Documentary about a woman considered “Caanada’s Jane Goodall” is still screening at The Film House in St. Catharines/Niagara

December 27th, 28th & 29th

News from The Film House and The FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted December 27th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario- You still have an opportunity to see the feature length documentary The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, on Thur 27 Dec at 2:30pm, Fri 28 Dec at 2:30pm and Sat 29 Dec at 4pm. The film is described by critics as “naturally enlightening, inspirational and rousing.”

Director Alison Reid makes the viewer feel joy and pride for all of Dr. Ann Innis Dagg’s ground-breaking successes and sadness and anger at the patriarchal constructs that derailed her professional career.

The documentary does have a happy ending: in 2010, a distinguished group of giraffologists brought Dagg back into the fold.  Dr. Anne Innis Dagg is now gaining recognition as a well-respected Canadian trailblazer!

Tickets to the Film House are only $9. Film House Members and youth under 13 are only $7. The Film House is located within the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre located downtown St. Catharines at 250 St. Paul Street.

At Niagara’s premiere screening earlier this December of The Woman Who Loves Giraffes, a sold out crowd enthusiastically welcomed Dr. Anne Innis Dagg and the film’s award-winning Director Alison Reid for an engaging Q&A that was moderated by Brock University’s Visual Arts Department Associate Professor Keri Cronin.

Dr. Anne Innis Dagg is considered Canada’s Jane Goodall and her story is featured in the film The Woman Who Loves Giraffes. The feature length documentary continues to screen at The Film House over the holidays on Thur 27 Dec at 2:30pm, Fri 28 Dec at 2:30pm and Sat 29 Dec at 4 pm.

A woman way ahead of her time in 1956, at age 23, Dagg became the first person in the world to study animal behavior in the wild on the African continent when she traveled to South Africa in the early years of apartheid as a single, unaccompanied woman. Her study of giraffe behavior preceded both Jane Goodall’s study of chimpanzees and Dian Fossey’s work with gorillas.

“The first time I heard Anne’s story, I fell in love with her indomitable spirit as well as her unprecedented accomplishments. I couldn’t believe her story is not well known – and that inspired me to film her for the past five years in different parts of Africa and North America… I can’t wait for audiences to get to know Anne and have no doubt she will move them as she has moved me,” said Director Alison Reid.

A full house of 199 people burst into spontaneous applause following The Film House Special Event film on Wed 19 Dec, 2018. Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, as spry and as quick witted as ever at 85, was accompanied by Reid on stage.

They fielded questions from an audience who were curious about the process of making the film, congratulated and thanked Anne for her courage to stand up to the challenges facing women pursuing careers in science, and were fascinated by her sincere passion for Giraffes.

The audience also benefited by an impromptu appearance by Anne’s daughter Mary Dagg, as well as the film’s Executive Produce Paul Zimic. Zimic, who grew up locally in Welland, began his work in the movie business at the age of 14 working as an usher in his hometown movie theatre. He personally appreciated the overwhelming response to The Woman Who Loves Giraffes from Niagara’s film audience.

The Film House continues to put Niagara on the map by regularly hosting film festival quality special events. Coming up in January you can look forward to a panel discussion hosted by RiverBrink Art Museum following the feature length documentary Where the Universe Sings: The Spiritual Journey of Lawren Harris, on Thursday 10 January at 7 p.m.

Brock University Film Society presents a special screening of the 2018 re-make of the influential 1977 ballet school horror film Suspiria, on Thursday 24 January at 7 p.m.

To buy film tickets in advance visit our website or contact the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre Box Office by phone 905-688-0722, or in person at 250 St. Paul Street St. Catharines. Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-2pm.  Tickets are on sale now. Limited seating, advance ticket purchase advised.
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