White Lion

2010 PG 1h 28m DVD

White Lion

2010 PG 1h 28m DVD
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When a rare white lion is born to a pride in an African valley, a Shangaan boy named Gisani (Thabo Malema) believes it his is responsibility to protect the cub, which he names Letsatsi. Tribal beliefs dictate that the lion is a messenger of the gods. But Letsatsi breaks free of his pride and must learn to survive on his own. Meanwhile, Gisani learns that a trophy hunter wishes to track Letsatsi down and kill him.
Jamie Bartlett, John Kani, Thabo Malema
Michael Swan
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 10+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 10+
age 10+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this film -- which includes magnificent close-ups of animals in their natural habitat -- also shows the kind of vicious brutality that it takes for animals to survive. Animal carcasses, chases, and killing are frequently on screen. The main human character deals with parental separation, loneliness, hunger, and death -- issues that will be difficult for younger kids to handle. But by investing so much time in these lions, the film achieves its purpose of educating viewers about the single biggest problem they face: human encroachment.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Animal carcasses are often shown, sometimes with other animals feeding on them. In one scene, there's a close up on two lions eating an impala, with blood showing on their faces. The main character loses his brother to a snake, and later, his best friend is shot by a hunter after being caught in a trap. There are scenes of peril and suspense, including a forest fire. Animals fight. Hunters search for the white lion; there are guns and shooting.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

This film teaches kids about respect for the sacredness of life and value of animals. The risk to lions in the wild due to human encroachment is also clear. Persistence and acceptance are other themes.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Brief smoking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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