Black Mambas is about nature conservation and justice, about feminism and the criticism of neo-colonial structures. Above all, however, it is about three women in South Africa who train to become park rangers and come into conflict with traditional ways, with their families and with their white bosses.
In her feature film debut, Lena Karbe succeeds in giving surprisingly private and in any case unsparing insights into the everyday lives of the three women in a sometimes humorous way. In doing so, she does not shy away from shedding light on the complex entanglements in which the protagonists live. Black Mambas does not simplify or gloss over. The film thus allows a European audience new, unknown insights into the lives of these women and their struggle for independence.
Germany, France 2022 – 81 min – Directed by: Lena Karbe