Never been on a safari in South Africa?  Never felt the adrenaline rush of excitement and anxiety as you come face to face with a rhino?  Never tested yourself in a dramatically challenging environment?

Here’s your chance to watch five young Zulu women on a life-changing experience in the iMfolozi wilderness, the oldest game park on the African continent.  Their journey is both discovery and self-discovery: a first time confronting animals in the wild, and an opportunity for personal growth and healing. Sisters of the Wilderness explores the plight of the iMfolozi wilderness itself - severely threatened by open-cast coal mining on its border, and the highest rates of rhino poaching in more than a century.

What the critics say…

“…. five young women experience a cathartic yet rejuvenating awareness …. a film which dares to leave the beaten track of traditional documentary filmmaking in exploring the cinematographic wilderness.”  Jury - Durban International Film Festival

“The painful stories of abuse and neglect …. are a timely reminder of the importance of respecting and honouring women and girls ….”  Save Our Imfolozi Wilderness

“Sisters of the Wilderness argues, quietly and persuasively, that another world is still possible.”  Dan Moshenberg

“ … a profound film that casts a subtle focus on the abuse suffered by both wilderness and women in South Africa.”  Scott Ramsay – Traveler 24

“ … what [is] done to Mother Earth over the course of their journey …. is, in fact, simultaneously happening to the women of our country on a metaphorical level.”  Steyn Du Toit – Business Day


  • Best South African Feature Documentary – Durban International Film Festival
  • Encounters International Documentary Film Festival
  • Mzansi Women’s Film Festival - Johannesburg
Director: Karin Slater
Producer: Ronit Shapiro
Running time: 90min  -  documentary
Language: Zulu with subtitles
Rating: G

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