‘Monkey Kingdom’ captures the mystique of nature

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Maya and her son, Kip, star in 'Monkey Kingdom.'

Joyce Melendez, Staff Writer

Founded in 2008, Disneynature releases nature documentary films that give moviegoers insight on the lives of various animals that inhabit Earth. Directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill, ‘Monkey Kingdom’ is the eighth Disneynature film to be released and takes place in the jungles of Sri Lanka.

The film focuses on toque macaques. The protagonist of the film is Maya but her troupe also plays a large role in her life and the film. The family calls Castle Rock home and within that territory there is a strict rank system. The troupe’s alpha male is Raja and other high status toque macaques include a trio of females known as The Sisterhood.

The ranking within the troupe means that certain members are given more respect and have luxuries not available to others. Within the troupe, Maya is low-ranking and therefore faces struggles along with other low-ranking members.

When Maya gives birth to her son, Kip, she continues to struggle when it comes to providing for Kip. Maya faces various adversities but is able to use her knowledge to better her life and her son’s. Through her hard work, she is able to better her standing in the troupe and allow for future offspring to come into a world where they will not have to face the struggles that plague low-ranking members.

A majority of the film takes place in the jungle with breathtaking scenery of a landscape that is not heavily influenced by human beings. The toque macaques also spend time in a nearby city where they are forced to use their wits in order to survive.

‘Monkey Kingdom’ is a heartwarming story that will easily capture the attention of animal lovers. Besides taking moviegoers into a world that is rarely seen, there is good that comes along with watching the film. Disneynature will donate a portion of box office receipts from opening week to Conservation International. Not only will moviegoers witness the beauty of nature but they will also contribute to the protection of wildlife.