Explore an incredible friendship with an exclusive 'Mia and the White Lion' clip

Set to hit theaters next week is director Gilles de Maistre‘s intimate coming of age drama “Mia and the White Lion,” following the relationship between a young woman (Daniah De Villiers) and a lion cub that grows up alongside her. Boasting entirely practical effects, the film was shot over a three year period in South Africa so that De Villiers could develop an actual bond with her animal costars. Moviebill is thrilled to today debut an exclusive clip from the film, which you can check out in the player below!

Ten year old Mia has her life turned upside down when her family decides to leave London to manage a lion farm in Africa. When a beautiful white lion, Charlie, is born, Mia finds happiness once again and develops a special bond with the growing cub.

When Charlie reaches three, Mia’s life is rocked once again as she uncovers an upsetting secret kept hidden by her father. Distraught by the thought that Charlie could be in danger, Mia decides to rescue him. The two friends set out on an incredible journey across the South African savanna in search of a sanctuary where Charlie can live out his life in freedom.

“Mia and the White Lion” opens in theaters April 12. Click to here to find out where it’s playing near you!

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