Ravni kotari and Bukovica in the Dalmatian Hinterland.
Houses are devastated and in ruins, fields are overgrown with weeds, many roads are impassable. There are no bars, no community spaces, no shops or bus stops. One can come across travelling grocery stores which bring basic groceries to the villagers twice a week. Occasionally the water truck drives by, in order to fill the wells with drinkable water.Flocks of sheep and lambs outnumber people by far. Villagers have anopportunity to see each other almost only when they take their flocks to pasture.In such socially isolated areas, only ten kilometres away from popular touristdestinations, wolves turned up. The number of wolf attacks on flocks is everincreasing. They prey, lying in wait, bringing anxiety among people. In the night, terrified villagers listen to them howl. Some do not sleep for days, watching overtheir flocks.In those areas ravaged by war, socially excluded and isolated, it is difficult toface the desolation and traces of former life collectedly.
Since the state does not want to or cannot help the sparse local population, they resort to the conspiracy of the powerful as the only explanation for their situation.They believe that the state, in an agreement with Brussels as the capital of the European Union, systematically populated the area with wolves. Before the war, when there was more people and flocks in that area of the Dalmatian Hinterland, wolves were rare. The people are convinced that food for the wolves is broughtby helicopters, and even that wolves are brought the same way.
DOCUMENTARY / in development
Development is cofunded with the funds of the Croatian Audiovisual Centre.
Miljenka Čogelja, Dana Budisavljević