The background to Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem could be a film in and of itself. Formerly banned from China for Seven Years in Tibet, Annaud was approached by Chinese directors to adapt Jiang Rong’s best-selling semi-autobiography for cinema, given his expertise with animals in The Bear and Two Brothers. Thirty socialised Mongolian wolves later, and … Continue reading Wolf Totem/Le Dernier Loup, Jean-Jacques Annaud
When student Chen Zhen is sent to “educate the nomads” in Inner Mongolia during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, he discovers more about the balance of nature and spirituality than he bargained for. According to wise old Bilgee, wolves stop grazers destroying the plains, send humans to heaven via “sky burial”, and provide food with their … Continue reading Wolf Totem, by Jiang Rong
Many animal "experiences" are fleeting. Luckily, I chose a wolf walk at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust, which was both the best part of a day and gave me extensive bragging rights. After all, how many of your friends have walked side by side with wolves? Amongst my hefty membership pack was a list … Continue reading What’s It Like Walking With Wolves?