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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: MVD1960D
  • UPC: 760137196099
  • Street Date: 02/12/19
  • PreBook Date: 01/08/19
  • Label: MVD VISUAL »
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run Time: 95:06 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
  • Year of Production: 2016
  • Director: Shawn Convey
  • Producers: Shawn Convey, Gregor Streiber
  • Actors: Branko Lijović, Željko Krišto, Boško Krželj
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA

 

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Among Wolves

A motorcycle club of Bosnian War veterans defends a herd of wild horses and finds a new path to freedom for themselves.

Among Wolves
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When war correspondents move on to the next conflict, a battle is just beginning for those left behind. Economic depression, personal hardships, and PTSD still stifle recovery 20 years after the brutal civil war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Fortunately for the small mountain town of Livno, an uncommon leader has emerged, giving fellow veterans and their community an unlikely path towards healing. When he was only 20, Lija led the successful defense of his town. Today he leads the Wolves, a multi-ethnic biker club that refuses to let Livno fall victim to the challenges that plague other towns like theirs. Instead, they rally to give blood, offer charity, and secure badly needed hospital supplies. One mission drives them more than any other--protecting the threatened herd of wild horses they met on the front line. Inspired by the horses' spirit of survival, the Wolves are determined to control their own fate and finally emerge from the shadow of war. From its rare look at life inside a motorcycle club to the meditative beauty on the mountains, Among Wolves opens wild new worlds that feel intimate thanks to American filmmaker Shawn Convey. To create this stunningly filmed, poetically rendered tale of trauma and healing, Convey spent six years in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The result, unlike more painful postwar stories, is one that vibrates with hope. Among Wolves was featured at festivals like Chicago International, St. Louis International, Wales international, Big Sky, RiverRun and more, winning awards including Best Director, Best Documentary Film, and Best of Fest.

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Bonus Materials

  • Official Trailer
  • Stills Gallery
  • Director Commentary
  • Outreach information for preservation of the horses

Sales Points

  • Official selection –Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, RiverRun International Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Wales International Film Festival, and many more
  • For fans of 'Cameraperson'
  • Winner – Chicago Award (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • For fans of 'Fire at Sea'
  • For fans of 'Act of Killing'
  • Appeals to both fans of art cinema and documentary film
  • Subjects explored: conflict resolution, postwar recovery, peace studies, trauma recovery, human rights, Animal rights, Eastern European/Balkan studies, Bosnia and Herzegovina, communal trauma, veteran’s issues, alternative therapy, advanced cinematography
  • Discussion/study guides available for educational, industry, and community events
  • Celebrated debut film by a strong new voice
  • Winner – Best Documentary Feature (Annual Copenhagen Film Festival)
  • Winner – Best Documentary Feature (Covellite International Film Festival)
  • Winner – Best of Fest (Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival)
  • Winner – Jury Award (Anchorage International Film Festival)
  • Winner – Triumph of the Human Spirit (Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival)
  • Winner – Best Director (DOC LA)

Press Quotes

4/4 ★★★★ - 'Not your garden-variety documentary... blooms into a revelation of character and depth of emotion that are completely unexpected.'

     —Lynn Felder, Winston-Salem Journal

'Subliminally powerful.... A carefully-crafted look inside an often-neglected part of the world [and] the capacity to inspire hope even in the bleakest of circumstances.'

     —Alex Saveliev, Film Threat

'Profoundly affecting.... Among Wolves, with its tale of serenity born of turbulence, is a lovely paean to the indomitable human spirit and its capacity for recovery and growth.'

     —Christopher Llewellyn Reed, Hammer to Nail

'A gracefully photographed first film.... As we spend long scenes watching the horses play and graze with [the bikers], some of that psychic soothing may rub off on the viewer as well.'

     —John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

'Composed with a grace and deliberation rarely seen in documentary. This is visual poetry...a message of hope, quiet, unassuming, magical.'

     —Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

'An intriguing portrait of trauma and healing.'

     —Basil Tsiokos, What (not) to Doc

'It is perfect, balanced and healing: not a single frame is out of place.... It vibrates like a beating heart.'

     —Francisco León, El Mirador de MiradasDoc

'A touching, unexpected post-war story that will rattle your bones and tug at your heartstrings.'

     —Luke McLaughlin, Picture This Post

'A fascinating, intimate look at modern-day Bosnia, and the unconventional acts of community that work to sustain it... a film populated by small, powerful moments.'

     —Clint Worthington, The Spool

'A hypnotic, cinematic poem...[a] mesmerizing documentary.'

     —Ron Wilkinson, It’s Just Movies

'A film...of profound beauty...captures a silent universe... a triumph of vision'

     —Jonay Armas, La Butaca Azul

'Films such as this, showing how the human spirit can thrive once again even in societies that have suffered deep fractures and traumas, [offer] hope that for all our flaws, there is still genuine goodness in humanity.'

     —Kilian Melloy, Edge Media Network

'Made me realize that veterans are veterans all over the world. We're brothers/sisters.'

     —Martin J. Zickert, Veterans Council of IRC

'Among Wolves presents a subtle exploration of war, trauma and reconciliation as they intersect with questions of gender, ethnicity and the environment.'

     —Appalachian State University, College of Arts and Science

'A stunningly human portrait of an altruistic biker gang that protects wild horses in the mountains where they once fought.'

     —University of Wisconsin , Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia.

'Balancing the sympathetic and the painterly, Convey has crafted an evocative depiction of the struggle to find peace and resolution after communal trauma.'

     —Chicago International Film Festival

'A consistently surprising and entrancing portrait.'

     —Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

  

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