Mia is 11 years old when she develops an extraordinary relationship with Charlie, a young white lion born in Mia's parents farm, in South Africa. During three years, they will grow up together and live a beautiful friendship. When Mia reaches the age of 14 and that Charlie has become a magnificent adult lion, she discovers the unbearable truth: her father has decided to sell the lion to trophy hunters. Desperate, Mia has no other choice than to escape with Charlie in order to rescue him.
Hugo Van Herpe
Friendship is the Wildest Adventure of All
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Mia and the White Lion recount the friendship between a child and a wild animal, a relationship that was provoked by the production that cast more than 300 children in South Africa before finding Daniah De Villiers who embodies Mia. Daniah De Villiers spent three days with Thor, the lion, for three years, while the filming took place in four blocks during this period. After all this time in the bush, the girl had to leave the lion and resume a normal life, which was a real tear. She returns however to see Thor regularly. For Kevin Richardson, the most complicated thing was finding parents crazy enough to let their child participate in such an adventure. The director specifies however that his film is not a documentary but indeed a fiction. See more