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The Last Lions

Title (Spanish): The Last Lions
Title (English): The Last Lions
Country of Origin: USA, Botswana
Year of Completion: 2011
Duration: 88 minutes
Format: Student Film
Language: English
Subtitles: Spanish

Sunday 09/09/2012 -- 10:30 AM

Centro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes

II Muestra de Cine Medioambiental Dominicana, 5-9 de Septiembre 2012

Film SynopsisNarrated masterfully by Jeremy Irons, the documentary is a saga of survival in a pitiless environment. After rival members of her tribe kill her mate, a resilient lioness named Ma di Tau escapes with her three cubs from hostile territory in Botswana's Okavango wetlands. Facing death and danger every step of the way, Ma di Tau finds refuge on a marshy island separated from the mainland by river systems. The island is also sanctuary for a herd of massive wild buffalo — a potential food source for Ma di Tau and her cubs but also notoriously aggressive beasts.

Film Credits:

Director: Dereck Joubert
Screenwriter: Dereck Joubert
Editor: Susan Scott

Director's Biography:

Dereck and Beverly Joubert are award-winning filmmakers from Botswana who have been National Geographic Explorers-in-Residence for over four years. Their mission is the conservation and understanding of the large predators and key African wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa.

They have been filming, researching, and exploring in Africa for over 25 years. Their coverage of unique predator behavior has resulted in 22 films, 10 books, six scientific papers, and many articles for National Geographic magazine. This body of work has resulted in five Emmys, a Peabody, the World Ecology Award, and the recent induction into the American Academy of Achievement.

Beverly Joubert also is an acclaimed photographer, and many of her photographs have appeared in National Geographic magazine. Filmmaking for them has always been a way to bring the message of conservation to audiences, and it is estimated that one of their films, Eternal Enemies, has been seen by over a billion viewers.

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