DUMA | Film | Pittsburgh | Pittsburgh City Paper


A boy named Xan (Alexander Michaletos) and his pet cheetah, Duma, set off across the wilds of Kenya in this low-key family adventure from Carroll Ballard (The Black Stallion). Ostensibly, the goal is to reunite Duma with his feline family, but this is also a journey of independence for Xan, who has been thrown into an emotional tailspin by the death of his father. The shot-on-location scenery is spectacular, and the cheetah is simply gorgeous to watch. The animals (besides Duma, there is an impossibly cute bushbaby) aren't anthropomorphized per se, but the film does suggest a convivial relationship between humans and wild creatures that doesn't - or at least, shouldn't - exist. Kids should enjoy this tale, complete with its gentle lessons about responsibility, but be prepared afterward to explain why they can't have a pet cheetah. Oaks (AH)



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