Reviewed byjuleshuffmanVote: 10/10/10
Medicine of the Wolf is an important and deeply moving filma must-seefor anyone with an interest in wolves. It conveys both the beauty andvalue of the wolf while also educating viewers about the persecutionsthey continue to face from those who do not yet understand them. Thefilm delighted us with a heartwarming depiction of the social nature ofwolves, showing how intelligent they are, how caring and devoted tofamily. What makes this film particularly unique is Director JuliaHuffman's efforts to analyze the cultural dynamics that drive wolfrelated policy and management decisions. Asking why there is so muchhatred toward wolves and why certain segments of our society find valuein killing wolves, Huffman seeks to answer a question that has leftmany wolf conservationists puzzled: Why persecute an animal that is soclosely related to our dearest companion, the dog? Through interviewswith renowned photographer Jim Brandenburg, scientists, andconservationists she artfully weaves together the tale of wolfreintroduction and recovery, removal from the Endangered Species list,the opening of a hunting season, and the political tug-of-war thatfollowed. Through the case of Minnesota, we get a much neededintroduction to the ways in which science is being devalued andmanagement decisions are being led by politicians and a vocal minorityguided by unfounded fears of the animal. But through the example ofMinnesota we also see the ways in which people can make a differencefor wolves. We applaud Julia Huffman for sounding a wakeup call topeople everywhere, reminding us that we do have the power to make adifference, we just need to work together.
Jim and Jamie Dutcher Emmy Award-winning filmmakers, authors andfounders of the national nonprofit organization, Living with Wolves
Reviewed byKerry W GarnettVote: 10/10/10
Julia Huffman's documentary beautifully tells the history and uncoversmany of the mysteries of wolves. It's current and compelling. The filmcomes at a time when the existence of wolves is in danger. Decisions bypoliticians to remove wolves from the endangered species list led toother decisions, state-by-state, to add wolves to the lists of animalsthat can be legally hunted and killed. Medicine Of The Wolf brings theaudience literally face to face with wolves. We wolves interact witheach other and with humans. The film introduces us to Jim Brandenburgand his images of wolves taken over a career of nature photography.Watching Medicine Of The Wolf I gained a deeper appreciation andunderstanding about this often misunderstood animal species and thechoices humans can and will make about its future.
Reviewed byfmrl_osVote: 10/10/10
Buckle up, turn up the volume and listen to ethereal music, songs ofthe soul and the story of the wolf. Join Julia Huffman, director ofMedicine of The Wolf as she takes us on journey. Chapter by chapter, weare introduced to Canis Lupus . Along the way, a Wolf biologist, NativeAmerican Indian Elder, photographer, a youth program, with rescuedwolfdogs, and others share with us the history of the wolf, their valueas apex predators to the ecosystem, their beauty, and how theirstrength and survival depends on the family unit or pack. They alsoteach us about the cultural and spiritual significance of the wolf andtheir ability to draw us in to a deeper spiritual sense of love.
Sadly, While the language of the wolf is universally recognized bytheir soulful howls, there is a divide in how they are are understoodand seen; going back to the story of Little Red Riding Hood and today,their fragile place on the endangered species list . By some, they areviewed as ruthless killers and werewolves and by others, asintelligent, magnificent and essential creatures. We learn, just howmisunderstood and persecuted they are. We learn just how much we alsocare about their survival.
Most of us will never have a chance to see or hear wolves in the wild.Medicine of the Wolf allows us to travel into wolf country and gives usa chance to see them through the eyes of Jim Brandenburg who has livedand photographed wolves for 45 years. We also find ourselves; like theteens at Wolf Connection reconnecting with something deeper withinourselves in the presence of wolves; if even on film. We are able tofor a time, hear their howls and recover that which most of us havelost; our wildness, our sense of freedom and to ability to sing fromthe depth of our souls.
Medicine of the Wolf reminds us, why we should not only care about ourApex predators but also about this earth and the circle we are all partof.
Medicine of the Wolf, will leave you tasting the salt of your owntears. I LOVED it -- it left my heart filled with hope for our wolves.I know, I won't be alone.
After 40 years of protection, Grey wolves were recently de-listed federally from endangered species act and their fate was handed over to state legislatures. What ensued was a 'push to hunt' in wolf country across the United States. Filmmaker Julia Huffman travels to Minnesota and into wolf country to pursue the deep and intrinsic value of brother wolf and our forgotten promise to him. The film stars Minnesota Native Jim Brandenburg and his film, White Wolf, that premiered at Sundance almost 30 years ago-in 1986. This National Geographic film is the documentary of an exceptional journey, by Jim who was determined to enlighten the world about the true nature of this planets most misunderstood carnivorous mammal.