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IDFA at Home: Black Mambas

Lena Karbe / DE, FR, 2022 / 81 min.

From November 10 to 20, every day between 18:00 and 23:00, you can watch a film from IDFA's Best of the Fest or Masters programme online in our virtual cinema. You buy your ticket as usual, the PDF ticket you receive contains the link to the online cinema. Tonight, 15 November: Black Mambas.

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A contemplative, patiently crafted portrait of three members of the Black Mambas, an ambitious group of South African women who protect Big Five game animals from poachers in Kruger National Park. It’s a dream job that empowers women, or so it seems. But does the organization—run by white and mostly male compatriots—see them primarily as a marketing tool?

While the founder of the Black Mambas extols the virtues of tourism and the economic impulse it provides, his female employees know from experience that neighboring communities don’t benefit. When we see them at home, we find out that the men in their families can’t find jobs, meaning huge pressures fall on the women’s shoulders.

Little by little this film, which won awards at CPH:DOX and other festivals, presents a complex picture of the shady side of nature conservation. Besides the three women, who each have a different perspective on their position, we also hear from a man driven to poaching by hunger. In between, the founder perfectly encapsulates the ambivalence of his organization with the observation that Kruger Park is the last bastion of old colonial attitudes.

Between 18:00 and 23:00, you can start the film whenever it suits you, the film is then available for 4 hours. For example, if you start the film at 22:59, you can watch until 02:59.

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Documentary lovers, keep 9 through 20 November free in your calendar. The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam presents its 35th edition in cinemas throughout Amsterdam, including several special programmes in Eye.

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