Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.
Directed by Will & Lianne Steenkamp
A co-production by ORF, Interspot Film, ARTE, Smithsonian Networks, Into Nature Productions and Boksdocs with ORF-Enterprise
Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED)
Vanishing Kings - Lions of the Namib
Wüstenkönige - Die Löwen der Namib
A lioness and her daughters hold the key to the survival of Namibia's rare desert lions: two years ago they gave birth to five male cubs, and through the hardships of the desert and without a pride male, they are raising them to independence, showing them how to hunt both the smallest and the largest prey - including even giraffes. When the elderly matriarch dies, her two daughters must finish the education of the five sons before they grow too old to be fed. Filming over more than two years, we observe the secret lives of desert lions as they roam the rugged mountains, majestic sand dunes, gravel plains, scrublands, and even the beaches of Namibia's Skeleton Coast. In this place of constant danger, hunger, thirst and inevitable suffering, five young lions must conquer the desert and establish their own kingdom.
Awards: Green Screen International Film Festival 2016: Green Screen International Film Festival Award