Wolves at the Borders

(Vlci na hranicích)

Who was here first: wolf or human? The documentary follows the return of wolves to Czech forests and shows our conflicted relationship with nature through the story of a dispute between residents in a small village in the Broumov region.

On one side, sheep farmers and landowners are worried about their animals. On the other, an organic farmer and some locals welcome the arrival of wolves, seeing in them an opportunity to restore the natural balance. The whole situation is overseen by the eccentric mayor of Vernéřovice. Disputes over the invisible enemy begin with a debate over beer in a pub and then escalate into massive protests. The film is an observational mosaic of various motivations, attitudes and fears that accompany the defenders and opponents of wolves in the open countryside.

Impact

The documentary Wolves at the Borders shows two conflicting views about the return of wolves to the Czech countryside. Some point to the dangers and damage caused by the predators, others argue that this return is natural and cannot be prevented without disrupting the natural cycle of nature. The RAINBOW movement focuses on this issue, organising volunteers for wolf patrols, trying to fight poaching, and protecting the large carnivores from other human dangers. Their efforts can be supported by a financial gift or by purchasing unique photos of the animals from photo traps.

About the film

Director: Martin Páv
Czech Republic
2020 | 77 min.

Language: Czech

Subtitles: Czech, English
In the case of outdoor screenings, the films are shown only with Czech subtitles.

Director

Martin Páv

Filmography
2020 - Wolves at the Borders
2018 - Vote for Kibera

Martin Páv

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Who was here first: wolf or human? The documentary follows the return of wolves to Czech forests and shows our conflicted relationship with nature through the story of a dispute between residents in a small village in the Broumov region.