Wolf Mountain (running time 7 mins): Tonya Littlewolf literally runs with the wolves. Twenty-six years ago she founded Wolf Mountain Sanctuary, a refugee camp for wolves born in captivity that are unsuited to living as pets and unable to survive in the wild. This poetic short explores Littlewolf’s abiding love for her spirit brothers against the backdrop of the Mojave Desert’s Lucerne Valley, capturing the rhythm of daily life and culminating in an extraordinary demonstration of canine communion.
Buzkashi! (running time 82 mins): This visually stunning film set in Tajikistan is about the centuries-old sport of Buzkashi. Like polo, the game is played on horseback; unlike polo, hundreds of sheepherders crush and slam each other while trying to snatch a sheep’s carcass off the ground and race it across a goal line. Azam, a poor shepherd and Buzkashi champion, is a traditionalist who believes his children and his beloved sport should walk a time-honored path. Enter Khurshed, an intense upstart with fancy horses and Mafia-esque alliances on the field, who wants to modernize Buzkashi and bring it international credibility. Soon Azam’s own son challenges tradition by questioning his future as a shepherd. As Azam trains in his barn for a confrontation on the field, his son prepares for his own turning point at home. Buzkashi! is a film to be seen on the big screen. The cinematography is lush and purposeful—even the mud clipping off the back of galloping horses looks crisp and exciting.
This film block starts at 10:00 am. I’m posting meetup times 30 minutes prior to film start as there will be lines, etc. This film is part of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, running that weekend from Thursday through Sunday. Individual tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased in advance beginning Mon Mar 25 at 11:00 am: https://store.fullframefest.org.