Namibia’s own unique desert-adapted lions of the northwest will shine on home turf in April!
Acclaimed wildlife filmmakers, Will and Lianne Steenkamp, donated the film to all Namibian broadcasters and One Africa TV will be the first to broadcast this remarkable film on public TV in Namibia. The documentary is an epic celebration of the remarkable and rarely seen desert-adapted lions of Namibia. It’s an intimate story following the lives of a special pride of lions in the Hoanib River of the Kunene region. Human-lion conflict often makes headlines, but from government level all the way down to farmers, all work tirelessly to find a way to co-exist. In this film, the filmmakers strived to acknowledge the inevitable struggles and to provide an intimate look at what it takes to survive as a true desert-adapted lion.
“We regard ourselves absolutely privileged to have been granted the opportunity by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Namibian Film Commission to feature the extraordinary desert-adapted lions of Namibia in our latest wildlife film,” say the Steenkamps. It is yet another glittering portray of Namibia’s wild wonders, in an hour-long film produced for the international market. “Our primary broadcast partners include ORF from Austria, the Smithsonian Channel in the USA and Arte in Germany and France. National Geographic International for the rest of the world, and today we are delighted to announce that this very special film will broadcast on home ground Namibia.”
The film has been translated into three languages, including English, German and remarkably, Damara. “The main aim with our films is to raise awareness, but more so to instil an appreciation for our natural world. Namibians are so fortunate to have such a unique and special kind of lion right on their doorstep”. Many children who live in cities and even in villages never get to see these remarkable animals. “The Damara translation of the film is another way of trying to reach these audiences. We realize that it is hard for the local people to co-exist with lions and that human-lion conflict is an inevitable challenge. With this film we hope not only to showcase the incredible natural wonders that Namibia is enriched with, but also to inform and educate Namibians about one of their very own natural treasures”.
“Vanishing Kings – Lions of the Namib” will broadcast on One Africa TV on Sunday, April the 3rd l at 17h30.