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Among Wolves (free)

  • Vilas Hall 821 University Avenue Madison, WI, 53706 United States (map)
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This final entry in UW Cinematheque's fall "Premiere Showcase" comes from first-time director Shawn Convey (who worked as an assistant camera operator on Making A Murderer). Among Wolves is an astutely observed complement to the Nepal-focused White Sun, which screens the prior evening as part of MMoCA's Spotlight Cinema series. While Deepak Rauniyar's narrative feature chronicles a partisan soldier's familial discord, Convey instead utilizes the documentary format to explore Bosnia and Herzegovina's political and social strife in the wake of their civil war (1992-95), with special attention paid to the mountainous community of Livno. While Livno has struggled to meet the needs of its denizens, former paramilitary leader Lija has stepped forward to raise funds for local charities and secure supplies for remote hospitals. He's done so as benevolent leader of the Wolves, an ever-growing motorcycle club whose members see themselves as a uniting force, actively undoing all those unfriendly and instigating biker stereotypes. In this way, Among Wolves shares a kinship with Debra Granik's moving documentary Stray Dog (2014), an American cross-country tour of the struggles and triumphs of Vietnam vet and biker Ronnie Hall. Here, Convey and writer-producer Kevin Ripp opt for less of a character study to develop an environmental and ethical commentary on a series of branching issues in southeastern Europe. At the therapeutic core is the Wolves' mission to protect the majestic wild horses that are commonly disregarded by the natives and are now at-risk due to poaching and increasingly harsh conditions/climate change. This screening, co-presented by UW-Madison's IRIS and CREECA, will feature a rare in-person introduction and Q&A with both Convey and Ripp.  —Grant Phipps

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Later Event: November 17
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