Ten-year-old Mia has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia finds happiness once again and develops a special bond with the growing cub.
When Charlie reaches 3, Mia’s life is rocked once again as she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in danger, Mia decides to rescue him. The two friends set out on an incredible journey across the South African savanna in search of a sanctuary where Charlie can live out his life in freedom.
Mia and the White Lion is a movie that follows the story of a girl whose family returns to South Africa from London to run their family’s farm for animal habitat. While they’re there, a white lion cub (Charlie) is born that immediately bonds with the oldest child in the family, Mia. As the two grow up together, they become inseparable best friends that truly cannot stand to be apart.
As Mia grows older and wiser, she begins to see that her father’s story doesn’t truly add up. After finding out that her beloved Charlie would be sold, Mia secretly follows her father as he takes one of their other lions to be sold to a hunting farm. Immediately upon arrival, Mia watches with her own eyes as one of the lions is heartlessly killed at point-blank range by a hunter. Her love for the animals, coupled with her heart for justice, drives her to liberate the animals in their family’s farm, and she and Charlie set out on the rescue mission of a lifetime, risking their lives for love and justice.
It’s a beautiful story of tender love, betrayal, reconciliation, risk and reward. The directors hold no punches when it comes to displaying the ugly truth of the oftentimes deceptive truth of animal farming, and the hunting farms that are populated by the “inventory” of the nearby farms in South Africa. The story that the writers portray beautifully dignifies the life of the captive animals and the importance of fighting for their right to live it. The movie earns the Dove-Approved Seal for All Ages.
The Dove Take
Mia and the White Lion is a story filled with beautiful love, courage, risk, justice, reconciliation, and reward. It showcases how to bravery of one girl not only affects one life, but all those in the wake of the story.