Waiting for Giraffes

An emotional story of collaboration and dedication set in a Palestinian West Bank zoo, which involves a cavalcade of animals, their devoted carers and enthusiastic visitors.

We first meet the remarkable Dr. Sami, the Qalqilya zoo's veterinarian, on his way to work, carrying a cute pygmy goat in a cardboard box. He routinely cares for newly born animals at home. "I raise them like my own children," he tells visiting schoolkids. The zoo is a rare oasis for the local community, and given they cannot leave their environment; it is also their only opportunity to see the world's creatures. Unhappily, the beleaguered establishment is out-dated, cramped and penniless. Dr. Sami, with the enthusiastic support of his Israeli counterparts at the Jerusalem zoo, seeks international support and recognition. Perhaps in time, he'll even be able to replace the much-loved giraffes that, spooked by gunfire, died in the last intifada.

Wheelchair Access
Group 10+  (Minimum: 10 tickets)
Youth 15+ (15-17)
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Marco de Stefanis

Netherlands, Belgium, Palestine

84 mins

English and Arabic with English subtitles

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Marco De Stefanis

Denis Vaslin, Fleur Knopperts

Stefano Bertacchini

Patrick Minks, Katarina Türler

Animals & Creatures, International Documentaries, Middle East, Politics & Economics, Religion & Belief

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