Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Movie: The Last Lions

A few days ago my husband and I saw The Last Lions, a movie by National Geographic. It is the story of a lioness named Mau Di Tau as she protects herself and her cubs. 

Check out the preview on YouTube:

I enjoyed this movie. The scenes are spectacular and the story is moving. Scenes are pieced together to tell a story. I do not know how much of the story is conjecture, and how much is fact (how do we really know what lions are thinking?) but the story is a good one nonetheless. 

The Last Lions may not be appropriate for the youngest viewers. It is rated PG because of some violent scenes, this is a story after all about lions and lions are predators. Animals do die in this movie, some violently. Even though it is tough to watch in a few parts, I believe that this movie is definitely worth seeing. Check your local listings to see if this movie is playing near you, and you can also check this website.

The wild lion population in Africa has declined in the past 50 years from 450,000 to 20,000. Human beings need land for housing, agriculture, and industry, and this leaves less land each year for lions and other wildlife. We have serious questions before us. How can we provide for the needs of human beings and animals when they conflict? What is our responsibility towards creation? What is our responsibility when we live in other countries, in other continents?