The story is about Jamie, a boy whose father trains him in the art of bushcraft and survival. Later in his life, when on an adventure camp, Jamie is captured, with two of his friends, by rhino poachers and all the skills that his father taught him guides his escape.
This is a family film that Christians can wholeheartedly recommend and support. It is refreshing to see a film that lifts up fathers and tackles difficult issues courageously and Biblically.
Khumbula presents a compelling parable of the two paths Jamie faces: seeking to follow his father's guidance and breaking free, or remaining with his friends in bondage to the poachers.
At the beginning of the adventure camp, the leader challenges the children that those who cheated at the obstacle course are actually cheating themselves. Avoiding the difficult only weakens us. Overcoming obstacles and persevering to finish the course is character strengthening.
One sees the contrast between the hired hands who fail in their duties, leaving those they are responsible for behind, and the father who is determined, dedicated and dependable to track down his son and take every risk in order to rescue his son.
Whose Instructions Do We Obey?
At the beginning of the bush camp the boys are told to leave any knife they have on the bus. Jamie has to decide whether to follow the instruction of his father, who told him to always keep a knife on him as an essential tool, or the camp leaders. The result of this decision has tremendous implications throughout the rest of the drama.
Families at Risk
Khumbula tackles the threat of rhino poaching head-on. It also uses the endangered rhinos as a symbol of intact families that are in danger of extinction. The prevalence of divorce and dysfunctional/broken families is developed as a heartbroken divorced man seeks to win back the love of his life. Khumbula encourages us to not live in fear, but to be secure in our identity and what our Father has taught us.
Skills for Life
Responsible bushcraft, survival skills and life skills are taught in the film. The Scriptures at the end also make it clear that God has given us signs to follow. When we are lost, we need to stop and get to a high point, pray, look and listen. Sights and sounds in nature are significant. Something made them run. Be aware.
Beautifully filmed in the African bushveld, by Director, Producer and Screenwriter, Jacques Gombault, and starring Frans Cronje, Manie Kohn and Suzi Rochford-Botha, Khumbula highlights the importance of children learning from their parents, people learning from God and the importance of nature conservation.
Africa is an Adventure
It also made me grateful again to have been raised in Africa amongst magnificent wildlife. Khumbula makes me feel sorry for those children born overseas in boring urban environments, far from the adventure and excitement of Africa!
For more information, visit www.franscronje.tv.
To arrange for viewings in your area, visit www.crosskine.co.za.
Frans Cronje can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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