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Waiting for Giraffes

September 23
Starting at 11:00 AM

84 min
Marco de Stefanis
2016 - Netherlands/Belgium

Canadian Premiere

Screening with Ayny-My Second Eye

Dr. Sami is the veterinarian at Qalqilya Zoo. The giraffes died during the last intifada, and replacing them is proving to be a real challenge. Animals that are “surplus to requirements” are sometimes available from foreign zoos, but never a giraffe. Everything in Palestine is related to politics, even something as innocent as a zoo. The film follows Dr. Sami’s quest for international recognition that will help him secure a giraffe. A work visit to the zoo in Jerusalem, triggers Dr. Sami drive and determination to push for the necessary improvements to Palestine's zoo.