New Release: White Lion DVD

Destiny brings together a young jungle cat and a young man in White Lion, a family adventure movie from South African filmmaker Michael Swan. Screen Media released the 2010 film on DVD and Blu-ray on Feb. 15, 2011, for a list price of $24.98.

The film starts when a rare white lion cub is born near a Shangaan village in Africa and 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.

The winner of the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA) for Best Cinematography/DOP in a feature film, the undeniably gorgeous White Lion played at the Seattle Film Festival last June, but is essentially premiering as a DVD on these shores.


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