Essential Cinema: World Animation

ZARAFA

Directed by Rémi Bezançon and Jean-Christophe Lie

France, Belgium, 2012, 1h 18min, Digital, In French with English Subtitles

Essential Cinema  World Animation

There are no current or future screenings planned for this film.

How often do you get to see a movie where the main heroes are a young African boy and a Bedouin nomad? How often do you get to see a movie where European civilization is a place to escape from rather than escape to? And how often do you see a children’s movie that is this wise about death, mourning, and moving on?” – Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

Bezancon and his team of three co-writers have crafted a simple yet meaningful fable filled with vivid characters and set-pieces, and one which doesn’t shy away from some of the less flattering aspects of Gallic history.” – Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

This French/Belgian film relates the early 19th-century story of how Zarafa, the first giraffe ever to be kept in a French zoo, came to live there with the assistance of a ten-year-old Sudanese boy and a Bedouin who rescues the boy from slavery. This film takes a tougher and more historically accurate look at colonialism and slavery than you may be accustomed to seeing in an animated work.

zarafa still 4

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