I saw two good movies last weekend. One was Duma, a coming-of-age story about Xan, a white farm boy in South Africa during the apartheid era, who must let go of his nearly-full-grown pet cheetah, Duma. He runs away from home to try to return Duma to the area he came from, and ends up crossing hundreds of miles of the wild on foot, including part of the perilous Okavango Delta. In addition, he needs to teach a very tame cheetah who loves to play with other animals, how to hunt. Xan, who was home-schooled and sheltered, must also learn to trust Ripkoen, a mysterious black wanderer, in order to survive. As unlikely as it seems, it’s based on a true story.

This is the kind of movie people used to go to the movies for! It’s directed by Carroll Blanchard of The Black Stallion and Fly Away Home fame. If you get the chance to see it, do it. You won’t be disappointed.

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4 thoughts on “Duma

  1. hi, trying to find out what kind of animal was Ripkoens pet?? one of those got to know questions, thanks

  2. First of all, I love the movie, Duma!

    Anyway, I am desperately trying to find out about how I can obtain a CD that contains the songs (possibly 2) that ARE not included in the Duma soundtrack. The one that is played at the begging of the movie and the one that is played at the end (before the credits appear). And like I said those songs are not included in the soundtrack. I need to know the title of each song and the artist(s). Hopefully you know which ones I am talking about.

  3. Loved this movie, too.
    Loaned from a friend of mine and I could tell he was careful about it because he loved it, too -but the movie is about cheetah cub and his boy, I mean really….

    This movie is a total keeper.

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