Monday, February 1, 2016

Review of "Stories of Men and Wolves," an Italian Documentary

Pertinent details about the documentary: 

Wolves Are back. Has anyone heard about, someone swears to have seen them moving about in the woods, someone else heard them howling in the night. The shepherds show the remains of animals eaten with the sign of two canines under the throat. The photographers venturing into the mountains to spot them. Park rangers follow footprints in the snow and place their photo-traps. Resurface stories from the past and the inhabitants of the mountain villages are wondering about their future. Loved, hated, idealized. The wolves are back in the Alps.

a documentary film
Year 2015 Duration 75 '16: 9 / HD / Color
Directed by Alessandro and Andrea Abba Legnazzi Deaglio
With video contributions and photos of Stephen Polliotto, Michele Corti, Lidia Ellena, Stephen and Stephanie Unterthiner, Provincial Police of Imperia, Nicola Sordello
Manufactured by BabyDoc Film (Turin) Quartier Latin Media (France)
With the support of the Film Commission Torino Piemonte Film Commission Vallée d'Aoste
Executive produced by Andrea Parena, Michel Noll
Shooting Alessandro Abba Legnazzi, Ivan Augello, Francesca Frigo, Andrea Deaglio
Mounting Isabelle Collin
Live sound of Nicholas Bosio
a photo book
by Paolo and Andrea Bosio Deaglio
EXPECTED OUTPUT: December 2015


Anna Rotella – shepherdess Anna Rotella lives in Val Savaranche where he set up with his partner Claudio a farm that produces milk and cheese from pure goat . Despite the wolf did ” peep ” several times near her goats , she thinks it’s a beautiful animal and it should not be persecuted

The review of  STORIES OF MEN AND WOLVES by Brunella Pernigotti

“Storie di uomini e lupi” is a documentary, by Andrea Deaglio and Alessandro Abba Legnazzi, which was presented last October, during the Turin Cinemambiente Film Festival, which is a film festival focused on the issues about the environment.

This documentary, as they have well explained in the synopsis, looks into the problems of the return of wolves (Canis lupus italicus) on the Alps after more than a century, and reports the search for new habitats these animals need in order to settle down again. The biologists call this phenomenon, dispersione, which means "dispersal." In Italy, human beings and wolves have never coexisted in peace; the configuration itself of the mountains doesn’t offer large and flat lands. There are only high rocky picks and narrow valleys, so men and animals have always had to contend for the remaining space to live in.

  Image: Tracks in Val Maira E ‘ along the ski slope to the bottom of Prazzo that wolves seem to prefer bring down their prey .  Often here in fact are found remains of prey animals ( very often roe ).

The return of the wolves in the northern Alps was indirectly caused by humans themselves who, in the 1990s, reintroduced many deer, chamois, and wild boars to be hunted. Nowadays, the few shepherds that still populate our mountains complain about the difficulties they have in their daily activities, so they regard the wolves as a new threat.

Some people interviewed in the documentary are pro-wolf and they say that wolves are indeed a problem, because they awaken ancient and medieval fears that must be faced; however, these difficulties must be faced with a modern outlook. For instance, these people consider wolves an increasing tourist attraction not only for ecologists, biologists, and researchers, but also for people who simply want to know something more about them. These scientists climb mountain slopes in order to see the wolves.

On the other hand, there are some inhabitants of our mountain villages who say that the towns people see the return of the wolves from a “romantic” point of view, but the mountain people have to suffer the loss and damages to their livestock, which is their only source of income. They would like a more objective policy of management in order to save both wild and domestic animals. For example, it has been suggested that the mountain people should adopt some dogs that would protect them from a wolf attack, such as the Pyrenees sheepdogs. However, the mountain people often live in areas of tourism and this breed of dog can be aggressive with people. So they ask, “What should we do?”

Image: Fulvio Benedetto – Pastor, Fulvio Benedict has a very large goat herd . More vole in the summer in the mountain pastures with his animals , usually on the border between Val Chisone and the Valley of Susa, has been facing the wolf. And even he managed to put it on the run. 

Without doubt, this documentary shows a well-balanced and realistic view of the problems and the resources that wolves represent for our country. I highly recommend government officals watch this documentary before deciding on programmed killing of wolves in the northern Alps. The European policy states that they are endangered and protected animals.

Image: Lupo appenninico – Italian Appennine wolf 

  Brunella Pernigotti lives in Turin, Italy. She is a teacher, a writer and a photographer. She has published a novel, a book of tales, and has to her credit about ten one-man exhibitions of photos. She is a member of the board of a non-profit association of Turin, “Tribù del Badnightcafè,” which organizes cultural and artistic events.