Feature Film | 2012-2013 | Drama | France, Germany, Italy

Brief synopsis

Ten-year old Ziad (Ahmad Bayatra) is so smitten with the two giraffes in the Qalqilya Zoo that he can communicate with them. His father, Yacine (Saleh Bakri), a young widower and the local veterinarian, understands that the zoo, the only one in the occupied West Bank, is a precious haven for children to play and learn. He fights every day with the corrupt local Palestinian authorities to protect the park and secure a modicum of care for the animals.
During an Israeli airstrike, a male giraffe is killed. His female partner is so distraught that she stops eating, until her survival is at risk. There is only one place where Yacine can find another male giraffe to remedy the situation — Ramat Gan safari park in Israel.
The conceit that a garden where animals are kept behind bars should become a place for children to escape the harsh realities of existence behind the Separation Wall illustrates — marvellously and wittily — the absurdity of life under occupation. Inspired by a real story, and featuring a masterful, exact performance by the stellar Bakri, with remarkable support from Mohamad Bakri and Roschdy Zem, Giraffada infuses heartfelt drama with caustic irony (http://tiff.net/filmsandschedules/festival/2013/giraffada)


ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
Saleh BakriYacine [L]
Laure de ClermontLaura [L]
Ahmad BayatraZiad [L]
Loutof NuweiserMarwan [SR]
Mohammad BakriHassan [SR]
Elias NicolaOmar [SR]
Maisam ElmasriMaisam [SR]
Palästinenser-Junge [SR]Marius Haas
Soldat [SR]Markus Kloster
Menge/Masse [BP]Kristin Baumgartl


Production accountantClaudia Coreen KaiserC. Kaiser, für den Dt. Teil
ColoristDirk Meier
Director of photographyManuel Teran
1st assistant cameraJulia Baumann [1]Studio Unit Deutschland Alexa
Costume designerShams Shaloufi
DirectorRani Massalha
EditorCarlotta Cristiani
Online editorFelix Hüsken
GafferAlex Cohen
Best boyMatthias BäumerDeutschland Studio
Makeup artist / hair stylistRasha Sliman
ComposerBenjamin Grospiron
ProducerLionello CerriLumiere
ProducerAntoine de Clermont-TonnerreMACT Productions
Co-producerBettina BrokemperHeimatfilm
Production designerYoel Herzberg
Line producerSascha Verhey
Production managerJiries Copty
Production coordinatorMhammad Jabali
ScreenwriterXavier Nemo
Script translatorMax Limper
Production sound mixerChristoph Schilling [1]
Boom operatorJonas Pauquet

Distributing companies

Zorro Film GmbH [de]


Finance/Law/InsuranceCatlin Europe SEFilmversicherung
Transportation, Travel and AccomodationUpper Level Travel GmbH
Film Processing/TransfersFarbkultPostproduktion
Image (VFX)Scope - VFX
Sound (Postproduction)RuhrSoundStudios GmbHDubbing Services


Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
Rani Massalha2013Tiff Toronto International Film Festival.[1]DiscoveryNominated


Theatre releaseGermanyThursday, 28/05/2015