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BLACK MAMBAS

Lena Karbe
DE FR 2022    52' 81'
⚬ Green ⚬ Human Interest ⚬ Crime & Investigative 

Synopsis

“Black Mambas” are the first all-female anti-poaching unit in South Africa assigned to protect the Big Five (Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Leopards, Buffalo) in the Greater Kruger Park. Chosen by the (mostly white male) conservation committees as a vital marketing tool, the women stand at the crossroads of progress and a colonial past.

Quotes

“Lena Karbe’s exploration of South Africa’s Black Mamba anti-poaching unit reveals colonial structures still in place. An astute, unshowy film” - Screen Daily

“a stunning expose” - Filmmaker Magazine

“digs deep into complex racial and class dynamics” - The Guardian

Credits

Director

Lena Karbe

Producer

Lena Karbe

Co-Producer

Jan Vasak

Associate Producer

Ramadan Suleman

Production Company

Karbe Film

Co-Production Companies

Day for Night Productions

In collaboration with

ZDF/ARTE, Ushuaïa

Cinematography

Mateusz Smolka

Writers

Lena Karbe, Tristan Coloma

Editor

Georg Michael Fischer

Music

Rémi Alexandre

Sound

George Ramosime

“reveals colonial structures still in place. An astute, unshowy film” - Screen Daily

 

“a stunning expose” - Filmmaker Magazine

 

“exciting and thought-provoking” - Cineuropa

 

“digs deep into complex racial and class dynamics” - The Guardian

 

Awards

F:ACT Award

CPH:DOX 2022

Green Documentary Award

Pordenone Docs Fest 2022

Festivals

CPH:DOX 2022

Pordenone Docs Fest 2022

Guadalajara IFF 2022

DOK.fest München 2022

Sydney Film Festival 2022

Krakow Film Festival 2022

Durban IFF 2022

DokuFest 2022

Haugesund IFF 2022

Edinburgh FF 2022

Reykjavik IFF 2022

Film Details

Runtimes 52' 81'
Spoken Languages English, Tsonga, Sepedi
Production Countries France, Germany
Resolution 4K

Biography

Born in St Petersburg, Russia, Lena Karbe is a Germany-based filmmaker. Having studied film internationally (École normale supérieure, University of Oxford and University of Television and Film in Munich), she founded her own production company KARBE FILM GmbH in 2018 with the focus on documentaries for national and international audiences, based in Munich. The mission of Karbe Film’s documentaries is to foster new perspectives and amplify voices and opinions outside the status quo. She has produced several feature films before starting to write and direct. Documentary series CHINESE DREAM that she co-directed with Tristan Coloma premiered at Hofer Filmtagen in 2018 and was shown at more than 30 festivals worldwide. It was published on ARTE in Spring 2020. BLACK MAMBAS is her feature film debut as a writer/director.

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