Netflix recently released a new Christmas movie, Holiday in the Wild. This is one of the first original Christmas movies the streaming service has scheduled for 2019.
The movie, directed by Ernie Barbarash and starring Hollywood greats Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe, features Eddy Kenzo’s top hit Mbilo Mbilo during the main characters’ safari adventure.
The Ugandan musician will soon be running to the bank smiling as he is going to be paid with Royalties from Netflix. This means that when a person pays to watch this Netflix movie, Holiday In The Wild, Eddy Kenzo will be getting a portion of that money for a lifetime atleast until Netflix opts to delete the sound track from their streaming services.
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Filmed in South Africa, including at an elephant orphanage in Zambia, Kristin Davis told Parade. In the movie, Davis plays a New Yorker who goes to an African safari for Christmas, where she meets Rob Lowe, who is playing the role of a pilot in the region. Kristin Davis’s son is played by Rob Lowe’s real-life son, John Owen Lowe.
Davis told Parade that the movie is a “love letter to everyone I know in conservation, especially to the people who work with elephants. It’s near and dear to my heart.”
The big elephants that they filmed were in Jabulani, near Kruger. She said “it’s a beautiful game reserve owned by this family…three generations of animal-loving and rescuing people.”
One of the locations filmed was Lilayi Elephant Nursery, which you can learn more about later in this article. Game Rangers International cared for many of the elephants seen in the movie.
Davis told Parade that the movie wasn’t filmed with show animals, but they worked with rescued wild elephants. It was tough to find a good filming location, she said, because they needed to make sure the elephants were trained correctly. She said she loves where they ultimately filmed because Zambia’s elephant orphanage released them into the wild and is a lot like her orphanage in Kenya.
On the first day of filming, she said the crew had to stay in land cruisers and whisper, because that was all the elephants were used to (based on visiting tourists and what they did.)
She said the herd in the film has its own identity and the biggest elephant is the leader of the herd: “which is unusual, because usually the male elephants go off. But this herd is different. It’s been through a lot.”
She told Parade that if people want an experience similar to what’s shown in the movie, they should go to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi on the edge of the Nairobi National Park.