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Mia and the White Lion

"A kind of cross between Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Wild Kingdom, Mia and the White Lion is a coming-of-age story with big cats that was filmed over multiple years, allowing the child actors (and the starring lion) to age before us on screen while forming genuine physical and emotional bonds uniquely leveraged by the filmmakers." - Original Cin

“Shot over the course of three years, Mia and the White Lion centers on a willful young girl named Mia whose family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in South Africa. She bonds with a white lion cub named Charlie but becomes distraught by the thought that he could be in harm and sets out on a journey across the South African savanna in search of another land where Charlie can live out his life in freedom.

“French director Gilles De Maistre shot the film at the Welgedacht Reserve in South Africa. The film stars Daniah De Villiers and Ryan Mac Lennon as the child stars along with Mélanie Laurent ('Inglorious Bastards'), Langley Kirkwood and Brandon Auret.

“Kevin Richardson, a wildlife conservationist and lion expert also known as the 'Lion Whisperer,' oversaw the entire production process. The lions who appeared in the film now reside at the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary in South Africa. The film is co-produced by Studiocanal, M6 Films, Film Afrika and Pandora film.” - Variety

"Mia and the White Lion is loaded with such unforgettable moments, constituting perhaps the cat video to end all cat videos." - Georgia Strait

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