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Posted October 1, 2010
The Joubert's are unparralleled in animal photograhy!
Has been compared to a kind of "West Side Story Gone Wild" and depicts the nature of the rivalry between lions and hyenas not only against each other but vs. rival factions of their own species. Showing the matirarchial hierarchy of the hyenas and how quickly tables and fortunes can turn is fascinating.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen and would recommend it to anyone. It's really not suited to young children, defintely not under 7 years old, since it does show the sometimes cruelty of nature.
Posted October 1, 2010
Out does Jane Goodall
Of any National Geographic documentary, Eternal Enemies is the film that shows the raw power, beauty and brutality that Nature is. The Jouberts, always great filmmakers, display an uncanny eye for individual personalities in animals. Their individualized stories about the lions and hyenas did not humanize them, but certainly showed empathy. Empathy, in this film, was clearly a weakness. The story of Matsumi, the lionness, revealed a side to lions that usually gets shuffled into the background- their emotions. After losing her cubs to a viper and being eaten by hyenas, she yearns later on in the film for revenge--supposedly a distinctive human motive. The encounters between lions and hyenas bordered on warfare and murderous hatred, maybe another thing that humans are not distinctive in either. Maybe the narration of Powers Boothe was correct when he said, in a somewhat distrubing conclusion, " that we may have learned that lurks in our own savage souls."Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 15, 2004
Exceptional Story and Filming
This is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen. It follows the story of a pride of lions and a pack of hyenas, not only in their struggle for survival, but also in their battle for territory and deepening hatred of the other species. It provides several little known facts about hyenas, as well as personal information about individual animals. The final scene is awesome to watch.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.