THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES Opening at the Cinema Art Theater

February 7th, 2020 - 3:00 pm

THE WOMAN WHO LOVES GIRAFFES Opening at the Cinema Art Theater

Starting on Feb 7, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society’s Cinema Art Theater will present “The Woman Who Loves Giraffes,” a critically acclaimed documentary that follows the life and works of a pioneering scientist.

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, 23-year-old biologist Dr. Anne Innis Dagg made an unprecedented solo journey to South Africa to study giraffes in the wild. Anne (now 85) retraces her steps, and with letters and stunning, original 16mm film footage offers an intimate window into her life as a young woman, juxtaposed with a firsthand look at the devastating reality that giraffes are facing today. Both the world's first 'giraffologist', whose research findings ultimately became the foundation for many scientists following in her footsteps, and the species she loves have each experienced triumphs as well as setbacks. This film gives us a moving perspective on both. [2019, USA, 83 min, Rated: PG-13].

Avi Offer of “NYC Film Guru” exclaims, “An illuminating, well-edited and inspirational documentary about an important pioneer in the field of zoology.” Bruce DeMara of “Toronto Star” says, “Director 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.”

Screening times are 3 pm on Fri (Feb 7), 1:30 pm on Sat (Feb 8), 2 pm on Sun (Feb 9), 2 pm on Mon (Feb 10), 4:45 pm on Wed (Feb 12) and 6 pm on Thu (Feb 13). Admission is $8 for members and $11 for future members. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets online. If seats are available, tickets can be purchased at the theater starting 30 minutes prior to each screening.

The mission of the RBFS is promoting cinematic arts and providing education, cultural enrichment, and opportunities for engagement for our diverse communities and audiences. The Film Society sponsors ongoing screenings, special events, and the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (Nov 5 – 15, 2020). Having met all the requirements for best practices in nonprofit management, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is accredited by the Standards for Excellence Institute®. The Film Society is funded, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on For more information on this series, other events, or to become a member, visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at or call 302-645-9095.


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