A new National Geographic documentary, “The Last Lions,” is set for release at theaters across the United States this weekend. Jeff and I were lucky enough to snag a set of tickets for the opening premier in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood tomorrow evening, courtesy of the wonderful gang at Wilderness Safaris. We’re very excited about the premier, and will be sure to post our thoughts about the film after the event tomorrow night.
The documentary, videtaped and directed by Beverly and Dereck Joubert, follows a lioness named Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”) in Botswana’s lush Okavango Delta as she battles to protect her cubs. The message of the film is meant to draw attention to the low population of large cats in the world (in the last 50 years, lion populations have dropped from 450,000 to as few as 20,000), and whether Ma di Tau and her cubs are among the last lions roaming the savannah.
The film will be opening at theaters across the U.S. in the coming weeks. Click here to check if “The Last Lions” is playing at a theater near you soon! And stay tuned for an update about the film (Which is now posted! Click below to read our review.)
UPDATE: “THE LAST LIONS” REVIEW
Released nationwide this past week, “The Last Lions” is a beautifully directed and edited film, and while the narration of Jeremy Irons (who also voiced Scar from “The Lion King”) can be a little over-the-top at times, it certainly adds to the overall drama of the natural world captured in the film. And oh what drama it was! I honestly believe that Hollywood could not have scripted a better story if it tried. It really is a tribute to the hard work of the Jouberts, following 3 different stories until finally deciding to choose that of Ma di Tau (Mother of Lions).
To me, this movie had everything. I’m a fan of nature films, and this was one of the best I’ve seen. From the on-screen drama, filled with both heartbreak and joy, to the interesting and unique lion behaviors caught on camera by the Jouberts, “The Last Lions” really was a treat to watch. I highly recommend looking for a theater playing the film near you, and hope you enjoy it as much as we did!