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Destiny brings together a young lion and a young man in this drama from South African filmmaker Michael Swan. According to the legends of the Shangaan people of Africa, white lions are sacred creatures favored by the gods, and they're seen so rarely in the wild that when one is discovered, a Shangaan will be assigned to protect it. When a white lion cub is born near a Shangaan village, the other animals aren't sure what to make of the creature; the young lion named Letsatsi is rejected by its pride and must strike out on its own. Gisani (Thabo Malema), a Shangaan tribesman, learns that the white lion has left the wilds near his village and he follows Letsatsi to make sure the animal is safe and protect it from predators. An older lion named Nkulu makes friends with Letsatsi and shows the younger cat how to survive in the wild; meanwhile, Gisani takes a job as a hunting guide to support himself while staying in the wilds and keeping an eye on Letsatsi. However, when Nkulu is shot to death by a farmer and Letsatsi is targeted by one of Gisani's clients, the young warrior must take dramatic action to save the sacred lion. White Lion received its North American premiere at the 2010 Seattle International Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
If you are overly sensitive or have small children, I do not recommend this film. There are times at which it is thoroughly depressing. Realistic, I suppose, but depressing nonetheless. This actually plays more like a nature show than a movie, and is a bit too preachy, but the footage is beautiful. That alone makes this worth seeing.
This was one of the best animal movies I have seen in a while. This gives you an education on lions and the behavior of the pride. I seen a lot of people say they tried to watch it but got bored. I am not sure what they are talking about. This held my attention and was entertaining at the same time. A Must See.
Loved This Movie - first white lion movie besides the classic cartoon Kimba The White Lion......Filmed in South Africa on Location......Grrrreat movie, sorry not telling anymore, You`ll have to all watch it ;-)
as a children's film probably 3.5 stars as an adult film 3 stars.
the cats in the film are not trained animals nor have they been kept in captivity. they are used to humans however and for various scenes were manipulated into playing out certain aspects needed for the story. interesting i thought.
i would pick this over lion king. if you're familiar with tezuka's 'kimba the white lion', you will enjoy this.