Science Cinema

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    Date(s) - September 30
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

    NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville


    The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville presents “Science Cinema” Saturday, September 30, featuring National Geographic’s “The Last Lions.” Follow the remarkable journey of a lioness name Ma di Tau (Mother of Lions) as she battles to protect her cubs against a daunting onslaught of enemies to ensure their survival. 


    Fleeing a raging fire and a rival pride headed by the dangerous cub-killing lioness Silver Eye, Mad di Tau and her fragile cubs must make their escape by swimming a crocodile-infested river. On the remote Duba Island, Ma di Tau must face off with a herd of fierce buffalo whose huge, slashing horns are among the most dangerous weapons in Africa. Although the buffalo are one of her biggest threats, they are also one of her best hopes for survival if she can prevail over them. Yet, even as Ma di Tau faces devastating loss and escalating perils, she becomes part of a stunning turning point in the power dynamics on Duba Island, bringing together a competitive rival pride in a primal bid to preserve the thing that matters most: the future of their bloodlines.


    The gripping real-life sage of Ma di Tau, her clubs, the buffalo and the rival pride unfolds inside a stark reality: Lions are vanishing from the wild. In the last 50 years, lion populations have plummeted from 450,000 to as few as 20,000. Award winning Filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert weave their dramatic storytelling and breathtaking, up-close footage around a resonating question: Are Ma di Tau and her young to be among the last lions? Or will we as humans, having seen how tough, courageous and poignant their lives in the wild are, be moved to make a difference? 


    This 88-minute film will be shown at 10:00 a.m., noon and 2:00 p.m. The film is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested). The film contains some intense animal fights that may be difficult for sensitive viewers. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Science Cinema programming is funded by a grant from the International Paper Foundation.


    For more information, please contact the museum at 910-914-4185 or