White Lion

Synopsis: According to the legend of the Shangaan, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it has been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley. When a white lion is miraculously born into that valley, a young Shangaan named Gisani, finds himself destined to protect this rare and magnificent creature at all costs. This young lion, whom will be known as Letsatsi, is cast from his pride and forced to embark upon a perilous journey of survival. Close to starvation, Letsatsi befriends Nkulu, an older lion and together they learn how to survive in the harsh African wilderness Gisani, who is watching over Letsatsi, takes a job as a tracker with a local hunter, who has his sights set on leading the hunt for this rare and magnificent white lion. Gisani, guided by fate, believes that he must find a way to prevent this tragedy from happening. When Nkulu is killed by a farmer, Letsatsi is forced once again to survive on his own. After many trials and tribulations he finally lear
Genre: Drama, Family
Director(s): Michael Swan
Production: Screen Media Films
  1 win.
88 min

Okay, children,

settle down.

It's story time, children.

The story I'm about to tell you

took place a long time ago

in the heart of Africa.

It all began just south

of the great Limpopo River

in the valley

nestled in the foothills

of the Lebombo Mountains.

And in that valley

lived a large pride

of African lions

ruled by a magnificent male

called Mogolo.

In his pride,

Mogolo had a favorite female.

Her name was Misava.

That night, in a village

on the edge of the valley,

a sangoma, who was a healer

and a keeper of stories,

was telling his people

about the legend

of the white lion.

Generations ago, a white lion

had roamed the valley,

and there was peace

and prosperity for all.

But one day,

the lion disappeared.

No one really knew why,

but it was believed that when

the great chief Muhluri died,

the lion followed him

as if to live

with the ancestors.

Life became a lot harder

for the people of the valley.

Food was scarce,

and many were going hungry.

Gisani, the sangoma's son,

would sit for hours

listening to these stories,

and as he stared

into the fire,

he wished for the return

of the white lion

and a better life

for all his people.

It seemed as though

a young man's wishes

had come true.

A white lion had been born

into the valley.

But why was his coat white?

Was he a magic lion?

Well, Gisani's people


that the white lion

was a gift from the ancestors.

And the first one was seen

after a shining star

had fallen to the Earth.

And that's why the Shangaan

believed they were white.

They were the color

of the stars.

For newborn cubs,

the world was a dangerous place.

And Misava had to be ready

to defend her cubs

with her life.

A hyena would not hesitate

to kill

and eat a vulnerable

young lion cub.

So to protect her cubs,

Misava started moving them

to the safety of a new lair.

She began with the smallest

of the two,

who would be known

as Letsatsi.

His brother Buti

followed close behind.

As the weeks passed,

the cubs were developing well.

Letsatsi was proving to be

a real adventurer.

The wonders of the outside world

were hard for him to resist.

It had been a while

since Misava had last fed.

She was hungry.

And to replenish the milk needed

to feed her cubs,

she would have to risk

leaving them alone

and head out into the bush

to hunt.

And of course,

the wonders of the outside world

would once again

be irresistible to the cubs.


returning from her hunt,

made a terrible discovery.

Buti was dead.

And Letsatsi was missing.

Misava searched and searched

but could find no trace

of Letsatsi.

The storm of the previous night

had washed his scent

completely away.

And Letsatsi, without his mother

to protect him,

would be lucky

to survive the day alone.

Driven by a sense

that Letsatsi was still alive,

she kept searching.

But Letsatsi's calls to her

were lost in the wilderness.


Gisani had been summoned

by his father.

A woman in the village

was very ill,

and he needed Gisani

to search that night

for a special healing plant

found only deep in the valley.

And to help protect his son,

he decided it was time

to pass down

a most treasured possession.

It had once belonged

to the great chief Muhluri


Gisani couldn't believe

his eyes.

Right in front of him

was the creature

his father had spoken

so often about.

What was Gisani to do?

He should build a fire.

Lions are not that fond

of fires.

The fire would scare him.

He should take it back

to the village.

You have to understand,

for that young man,

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