26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Wolves at the Borders
Wolves at the Borders
Wolves at the Borders
Wolves at the Borders
Wolves at the Borders
Wolves at the Borders
Wolves at the Borders
Wolves at the Borders
Wolves at the Borders

Wolves at the Borders

director: Martin Páv
original title: Vlci na hranicích
country: Czech Republic
year: 2020
running time: 80 min.


The Broumov region owes its genius loci to - among other things - wolves. After more than two hundred years, they began reappearing in the local forests. Some locals welcome their return. They believe they can restore the natural balance and mitigate the effects of the catastrophic drought. Sheep and livestock farmers, on the other hand, see these wild animals as a threat to their livelihoods. They do not intend to bow down to an invisible enemy. Martin Páv stands as an impartial observer in the middle of an increasingly heated dispute. His visually captivating documentary shows how the landscape and the human desire for its control are also inextricably imprinted on interpersonal relationships and politics.
“When something new comes up, we based our reactions more on mere assumptions than on reality.” M. Páv
Q&A with the filmmakers (Martin Páv, Zuzana Kučerová, Lenka Štíhlová, Tomáš Havrlant):


Martin Páv (1992) studied feature film directing at FAMU and Asian Studies and International Relations at the Metropolitan University of Prague. Since 2014 he has been working as a director and screenwriter for Czech Television. His work deals with post-colonial identity and the relationship of man to nature. His feature documentary Kibera: The Story of a Slum (2018) received the Audience Award at the Ji.hlava IDFF.

more about film

director: Martin Páv
producer: Zuzana Kučerová
script: Martin Páv, Adéla Kabelková
photography: Petr Racek
editing: Matěj Beran
music: Jiří Trtík
sound: Adam Bláha
koproducent: Česká televize
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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