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Zarafa (PG)

Framed Film Club


This gorgeous animation sees Maki, a young boy who escapes from slave traders, befriend a giraffe, cross the desert and meet a pirate, on an extraordinary trip that takes him from Africa to Paris.

Under a baobab tree, an old man tells a story to the children around him: the story of the everlasting friendship between Maki, a 10-year-old boy, and Zarafa, an orphaned giraffe, who was a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France.

When Hassan, Prince of the Desert, is instructed by the Pasha to deliver Zarafa to France, Maki does everything in his power to stop Hassan from fulfilling his mission. 

During an epic journey that takes them from Sudan to Paris, through Alexandria, Marseille and the snow-capped Alps, they have many adventures – crossing paths with the aviator Malaterre, a pair of unusual twin cows called Mounh and Sounh, and the pirate queen Bouboulina.

France/Belgium 2012 Dirs Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie 77 min

Adults can only come if they’re bringing a child, and children can only come along if accompanied by an adult.

If you’re over 18, we’re afraid being a ‘big kid’ doesn’t count

Barbican Cinema 2