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.
Marco de Stefanis
Netherlands, Belgium, Palestine
English and Arabic with English subtitles
Als De Giraffes Komen
Marco De Stefanis
Denis Vaslin, Fleur Knopperts
Patrick Minks, Katarina Türler
Animals & Creatures, International Documentaries, Middle East, Politics & Economics, Religion & Belief
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