DAYS OF THE WOLF

In the Italian central Apennine mountain range, and neighbouring areas, coexistence between livestock and large carnivores has proven to be highly problematic. Due to the growing population of wolves and wolf-dog hybrids, attacks on livestock are now rising at an alarming rate, bringing local pastoralists to their knees and driving some of them close to bankruptcy. The economic impact of such attacks amounts to hundreds of thousands of euros yearly. Increasing hybridisation between wolves and dogs is also threatening the genetic integrity of the Apennine wolf. Because of persistent attacks on their animals, pastoralists are now being forced to transform their extensive livestock system into a new husbandry regime, whereby free-range herds are confined within stables and fences for longer periods. Under such conditions, livestock production and reproduction rates are being seriously affected. The cumulative impact of all these factors is resulting into the decline of well-managed grazing land, as well of traditional livestock breeds, leading to the loss of unique biocultural diversity. No concrete actions are being taken by both Italian National and Regional governments to address these issues. As of now, pastoralists’ demands remain unanswered.

  • DARIO NOVELLINO
    Director
  • DARIO NOVELLINO
    Writer
  • DARIO NOVELLINO
    Producer
  • PASTORALISTS OF AURUNCI MOUNTAINS AND CIOCIARIA
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 30, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    Italy
  • Country of Filming:
    Italy
  • Language:
    Italian
  • Shooting Format:
    FULL HD 1920 X 1080
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - DARIO NOVELLINO

Dario has dedicated his life to support indigenous peoples' rights in Southeast Asia and those of pastoralists in Central Italy. Over the last thirty years, Dario’s effort to protect the traditional resource rights of indigenous peoples in Palawan (the Philippines) and those of Pastoralists in Aurunci and Ciociaria has been relentless, resulting in new and stronger forms of empowerment for the local communities. Ever since, one of his most powerful tools for ‘community-based’ advocacy has been ‘participatory videos’.

He received a Master in social anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1995) and a Ph.D degree in environmental anthropology at the University of Kent (2003) where he is a honorary research fellow at the Centre for Biocultural Diversity (CBCD).

In recognition of his personal and long-term commitment for indigenous peoples and traditional communities he has received prestigious awards: the Ostrom Award (2021), the Darrell Posey Fellowship (2014); the Paul the Paul K. Feyerabend Award (2013), the Royal Anthropology Institute’s ‘Urgent Anthropology Fellowship’ (2007-2009).

For more informations:

https://www.elinorostromaward.org/2021-awardees

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Director Statement

The first thing that comes into my mind when talking about films is the impact that these can have to inspire others and bring unheard and ‘silenced’ voices to public attention. Participatory video is for me a ‘key word’ and the means through which I let others to tell their own stories, address injustices and reach out policy and decision makers. I truly hope that this film will succeed in presenting pastoralists’ own perspectives about the on going conflict between livestock raising and large carnivores’ conservation.