Most of us have seen this animal only in photographs and have never encountered it in the wild. When we hear the word "wolf", we imagine a stereotyped scary and blood-thirsty beast that has no mercy.
But are they really like that? Or, perhaps, humans have stuck this stigma on wolves unfairly? To investigate the true nature of wolves two naturalists are going to the most remote corner of Siberia, to those secluded, truly wild places, where nature lives its primeval life, to the Putorana Plateau, a place where wolves have never seen human-beings.
The naturalists will spend 9 months on the Putorana Plateau, in the true “kingdom of wolves”. Will they be able to see these cautious, intelligent and secretive masters of this severe land? Will they be able to dispel the myth about the "blood-thirsty killers"? Searching for the wolves and their dens is a real gamble …
The Putorana Plateau is an ancient volcanic plateau located in the very centre of Russia, in the north-west of the of the Central Siberian upland. The Evenks, indigenous people of this land, poetically name it the “Land of lakes with steep banks”.
This land of striking natural beauty appeared 250 million years ago when giant volcanoes erupted onto the surface of the Earth. Rivers of lava burst out, flowed for hundreds of kilometres and solidified. As a result a true basalt “layer cake” was created cut into by gorges and valleys whose floor is covered with the purest lakes. Siberian rivers, breaking their way through the layered rock, form deep canyons, rapids and waterfalls here.
Here, in the valley of Lake Ayan, a small forest cabin has become the base for the daily work of researching the “kingdom of wolves” and preparations for a possible encounter between a human and a wolf.
Born in 1964. Graduated from Moscow State University, Department of Geography where he currently works as a staff scientist, PhD. Since 2000 Vasiliy Sarana has been making popular science films about wildlife and indigenous peoples of the Far North, Siberia and Far East of Russia. An awardee of many national and international film festivals, in 2008 his film “The Return of the Musk Ox” won the Russian national film award “Lavr” for the best popular-science film.
Born in 1979. Graduated from St. Petersburg State University, Department of Geography. Since 2001, the author and director of documentary and corporate films. In 2001-2005 he worked at the popular-science film studio “Lennauchfilm”. Since 2005 Ivan Sidelnikov has been in charge of the film studio Installtechno Creative Group. He is an awardee of many international and national film festivals.