sisters of the wilderness

Set in the iMfolozi wilderness, South Africa, in the oldest game park in Africa, Sisters of the Wilderness tells the story of five young Zulu women from underprivileged backgrounds going into the wilderness for the first time in their lives on a self-discovery journey, which offers them an opportunity to grow and heal, and serves as a reminder that we are intimately linked to nature and what we do to her we do to ourselves.

The film also explores the plight of the primordial iMfolozi wilderness which is severely threatened by an open-cast coal mine on its border, and the dire rhino poaching, in this park, with the highest rates of poaching in more than a century.

What the Critics Say

“…. five young women experience a cathartic yet rejuvenating awareness …. a film which dares to leave the beaten track of traditional documentary filmmaking in exploring the cinematographic wilderness.”  Jury – Durban International Film Festival

“The painful stories of abuse and neglect …. are a timely reminder of the importance of respecting and honouring women and girls ….”  Save Our Imfolozi Wilderness

“Sisters of the Wilderness argues, quietly and persuasively, that another world is still possible.”  Dan Moshenberg,

“ … a profound film that casts a subtle focus on the abuse suffered by both wilderness and women in South Africa.”  Scott Ramsay – Traveler 24

“ … what [is] done to Mother Earth over the course of their journey …. is, in fact, simultaneously happening to the women of our country on a metaphorical level.”  Steyn Du Toit – Business Day


  • People’s Choice: Best Documentary – Vancouver South African Film Festival 2019
  • Best South African Feature Documentary at DIFF (Durban International Film Festival) 2018
  • Qualified for an Oscar consideration
  • Best Feature Documentary at IIFF (International Innovation Film Festival, in Bern Switzerland) 2019
  • Awarded triple F-rating for films made by women and feature women as main characters


Director: Karin Slater
Producer: Ronit Shapiro
Running Time: 90 minutes
Language: Zulu with English subtitles