2,5 years in the making // 150 days in the field // Countless hours and days of waiting in agencies // 8 trips to Ethiopia // 25 terabytes of footage // 60 days of postproduction // 400kg of equipment // 15+ flat tires
The Roof of Africa is home to the last of the world’s Ethiopian Wolves. Inhabiting a spectacular landscape 4.000 meters above see level, life for this highly endangered species is anything but ordinary. Here, the sun and rain clouds battle for supremacy, icy winds twist their way through the leathery leaves of lobelia and when the night brings frost, there is nothing that reminds you of the Africa most commonly known.
This film tells the dramatic story of Megeti, a lone wolf who wanders across the highlands on a quest to find a new home after loosing her pack and suddenly being left to fend for herself.
For the young wolf to survive, it is vital that she finds a new family and this quest pushes her into foreign territory, occupied by cattle breeders and other wolves. Her attempts to be accepted into a new pack are risky, but the better hunting grounds and group protection are too tempting.
Following Megeti’s daily efforts to connect with a new pack, the camera captures a variety of moments with depth and sensitivity, eventually arriving at the point when the wolf’s perseverance is rewarded. However, the success story doesn’t last long and when an unwelcome guest arrives, the narrative takes a dramatic turn.
Combining a unique and intimate predator portrait, as well as widely unknown landscapes and high-end photography, this is a memorable film experience about an Africa rarely seen on TV.
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Photo: W. Burrad-Lucas