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The Woman Who Loves Giraffes – 4PM

February 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:23 pm


The Woman Who Loves Giraffes


Screens: Saturday, February 23, 4:00 pm
Uptown Theatre, 55 Dunlop St. W., Barrie

Includes Q&A with Director Alison Reid and Dr. Anne Innis Dagg

Tickets: $10 (includes HST)

Advance tickets are available at Uptown Theatre, located at 55 Dunlop Street West, Barrie (during theater’s regular box office hours);

or online by clicking the link below. Service fees apply.

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Directed by: Alison Reid
With: Dr. Anne Innis Dagg, Mary Dagg, Fred Bercovitch and Lisa Clifton-Bumpass
Documentary, PG, 83 min. (Canada)



“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.” – Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star


“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.” – Andrew Parker, The Gate


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 behaviour in the wild on that continent. When she returned home a year later armed with groundbreaking 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 groundbreaking 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.




ALISON REID is an award-winning director who began her career as a stunt coordinator and second unit director. After accumulating 300 credits, she formed Free Spirit Films to produce projects diverse in genre but similar in their exploration of the human spirit. Reid received the 2007 Crystal Award for Emerging Director from DGC/WIFT. Her independent feature, The Baby Formula (2009), sold internationally, won the Audience Award at the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Best LGBT Film at Nashville Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Zenith at Montreal World Film Festival. Her television directing credits include Saving Hope, Heartland and Murdoch Mysteries.




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February 23
4:00 pm - 5:23 pm


Barrie Film Festival


Uptown Theatre
55 Dunlop St. W.
Barrie, Ontario L4N 1A3 Canada
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