(France/Belgium, 2015) 78 min
Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, Zarafa is a sumptuously animated and stirring adventure, and a throwback to a bygone era of hand-drawn animation and epic storytelling set among sweeping CinemaScope vistas of parched desert, wind-swept mountains and open skies. Pursued by slavers across the moon-lit savannah, a small boy named Maki meets Zarafa, a baby giraffe - and an orphan just like him, as well as the nomad Hassan, Prince of the Desert. Together they journey to Alexandria and Paris. But all the while, Maki is determined to find a way to return Zarafa to her rightful home.