Director Carroll Ballard is never better than when he's filming wild animals in their natural environments. The Black Stallion
and Never Cry Wolf
are family classics, beloved as much for their sensitive storytelling as their lush, gorgeous landscapes. Ballard's latest movie, Duma
, tells the tale of a young boy and his pet cheetah. Shot in South Africa and based on true events, it's essentially a coming-of-age story set among lions, boars, and spiders. Campbell Scott and Hope Davis play the boy's parents, but the real stars are the creatures for which the untamed terrain is home.
Sat., March 4, 7:25 p.m.; Sun., March 5, 2:15 p.m.