Directors: Karin Slater

  • COUNTRY : United Kingdom, South Africa


Set in South Africa's iMfolozi game reserve & the oldest game park on the continent & Sisters of the Wilderness tells the story of five young Zulu women from underprivileged backgrounds going into the wilderness for the first time in their lives on a journey of self-discovery. Part wildlife documentary, part pilgrimage, director Karen Slater follows the five women on their adventures and documents the personal healing that takes place. Protected by a pair of rangers and overseen by a motherly guide, they learn about animal behaviour, their Zulu ancestry and the importance of conservation. At the same time, access to ancestral lands is called into question, and airtime is given to the open-cast coal mining that is expanding along the park's border, as well as the massive toll of rhino poaching. Crucially, no solutions are offered; instead, the beautifully filmed wilderness of iMfolozi is left to speak for itself.Sisters of the Wilderness is an astonishing film, all the more so since Slater did it all by herself, carrying her own equipment, and shooting and recording the film in a single week, with the only non-natural lighting used in the film being headlamps in the dark.

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