The Last Lions

The Last Lions

DVD - 2011
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Publisher: [United States] : National Geographic, c2011
Branch Call Number: DVD 599.7442 L339
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (88 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Language Note: Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH); Closed captioned


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Mar 28, 2018

This documentary captures the difficult everyday events that influence the life of a female lion. A film that is very evocative, telling a story from the mother lion's perspective, her struggle to defend her territory, her instincts to hunt and survive, and also her love for her cubs. I went online to follow Ma di Tau, the star of this movie, and as of 2015, she was still a queen of the pride and had a new family of three cute cubs!

Oct 09, 2017

This was stunning. How far a mother lion goes to protect her cubs and fight for their survival. A very good film to watch!!

Jun 09, 2017

Definitely *not* for children.
The last time I was so impacted by a movie
was the 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest.
I am filled with respect for Dereck and Beverly Joubert.
To create such a movie would require courage and passion and love
on a scale rarely encountered among humans.
This is an intimate, no-holds-barred view of the life
and the peril of free lions in Africa.
Claims of anthropomorphization,
aside from giving the lioness a human name,
display a sad rejection of the reality of the wild beings with whom we share this planet.
The emotion was all there, in the images.
Fear, sorrow, courage, revenge, love and animosity exist without human assumptions.
If you truly love the wild places and those who inhabit them
you will cherish this DVD.
If you prefer your animals sanitary and cute
you will be traumatized.

May 09, 2016

It took Me having this DVD two different times to see it all,but it was interesting viewing about Lions, although the narrator anthropomorphizes the Lions. I wonder if that was the only way He(Jeremy Irons) could relate to what He was narrating.

real_thing Jan 07, 2016

been goin on before Cecil

Nov 02, 2015

I remember watching this program on PBS years earlier. I was riveted by their lives then, and I'm still captured by it now (and I do appreciate that the SFPL is making these episodes available for general public viewing). It makes one really appreciate the lives that these magnificent creatures live, the incredible struggles they must endure, and then there are the direct and indirect human pressures that loom upon their survival decisions. And this is just one story of a lioness and her cubs. Jeremy Irons is a natural narrator for this insightful story documented by the Jouberts. Their effort to draw attention to the precipitous decline of these lion populations (from 450,000 to 20,000 in the span of 50 years), largely due to lack of protection and loss of habitat, is critical and important work.

Apr 22, 2015

Typically great National Geographic photography and research. Jeremy Irons is a terrific narrator. For me, though, it loses points because of the anthropomorphism. I can be interested in and learn about the animals' life cycle, habitat, etc. without them having names and human emotions superimposed upon them.

d2013 Jan 26, 2015

Very moving and beautifully filmed. Such magnificent creatures!

Jan 13, 2015

Wow! This is an amazing documentary but it will leave you in tears. Very well done.

Jun 26, 2014

Breathtaking, incredulous footage. These majestic creatures are to be revered for their brave survival instincts and tender care of their offspring. Sad to hear about their declining numbers whereas, ironically, here in the city, we have a house cat population explosion!

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