Sat Oct 22, 2:00 PM
Director: Lena Karbe
Germany, France
81 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Fighting to rescue their country’s rhinos.

The Black Mambas, an all-female anti-poaching unit formed in 2013 to protect South Africa’s wildlife in the 150, 000-acre Balule Nature Reserve. The reserve is sandwiched between rural farms and part of the tourist mecca, the Greater Kruger National Park. The women perform the very dangerous role of protecting wildlife from poachers and local bushmeat hunters.. In 2015 they were announced as one of the winners of the United Nation’s environmental award, the Champions of the Earth. The doc centres on three women from the Black Mamba unit who are poor, black and increasingly resentful. It would be easy to show this as a heroic initiative, but there is a more complicated story to be told – one of colonialism, racism, exploitation, animal preservation, women’s rights and class issues. This intelligent observation of the enduring racial divides in post-apartheid South Africa has won major prizes at documentary festivals. in Denmark and Italy.

“a complex exploration of intersecting issues…Karbe's sober approach ensures that the crucial nuances of the complex topic stand out, as it is not possible to view any of them completely separately.” (Cineuropa)

“an astute, unshowy film” (Screen International)

Film Type Documentary
Language Afrikaans, English, Tsonga
Subtitles English
Director Lena Karbe
Producer Lena Karbe, Ramadan Suleman, Jan Vasak
Writer Lena Karbe, Tristan Coloma
Cinematographer Georg Michael Fischer
Editor Georg Michael Fischer
Music Rémi Alexandre
Genre Documentary, Environmental Issues, Social Issue