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Giraffada

English title: Giraffada
Original title: Giraffada
German title: Giraffada
France/Germany/Italy/Palestine, 2013

Director: Massalha, Rani
Production company: Mact Productions
Co-producers: Heimatfilm, Lumiere & Co
Age recommendation: 10 years and up

Synopsis:
Ziad, a ten-year-old boy living in the West Bank, is so enamoured of the two giraffes at the Qalqilya Zoo that he can communicate with them. Ziad enjoys helping his recently widowed father, Yacine, a veterinarian who works hard to protect the zoo as a haven for animals and for the local children who play and learn there. When one of Ziad's beloved giraffes is lost in an airstrike, Yacine is determined to bring in a new mate from the Ramat Gan safari park in Israel. Inspired by a true story, Giraffada beautifully illustrates the bond that can grow between children and animals, while raising important questions about social justice and the tragic toll of political conflict.

Festivals:
Toronto IFF 2013, Abu Dhabi 2013, Mumbai 2013, Ciné Jeune de'l Aisne St. Quentin 2014, TIFF Kids Toronto 2014, Sofia IFF 2014, Munich IFF 2014, Buster Copenhagen 2014 (awarded), Kristiansand 2014, Lucas Frankfurt 2014, Michel Hamburg 2014, Schlingel Chemnitz 2014, Castellinaria Bellinzona 2014, Ale Kino! Poznan 2014, Europees Jeugdfilmfestival Vlaanderen Antwerp & Brugge 2015

Website: http://inter.pyramidefilms.com/content/giraffada

Study guide: German

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