Run-Time: 1 x 52 min.
Directed by Klaus Feichtenberger
ORF, WNET, NDR and epo film
Languages: German (ORIGINAL) , English (DUBBED) , French (DUBBED)
In 25 years the nuclear wasteland around Chernobyl has re-emerged as a complete ecosystem and one of Europe's largest wildlife sanctuaries. And yet, it is radioactive.
Where humans are unable to live, nature is flourishing. Somewhere in this nuclear wilderness, there are packs of radioactive wolves, wandering through overgrown villages and abandoned towns. Here they thrive, living in large packs as they used to. Before 1986, wolves were scarce; there are now an estimated 300+ wolves making the most of this deceptively beautiful landscape. But are these wolves mutants? Have they been affected by nuclear contamination after the '86 explosion - an explosion that released 100 times more radio-nuclides than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined?
This film embarks on a journey to investigate the fate of the wolves and other animals in the contaminated wilderness. Biologist Christoph Promberger traps and collars Chernobyl wolves for the first time and follows their progress through a land littered with plutonium, caesium and strontium.
Awards: Telenatura, International Television Festival on Conservation of Nature and Environment 2011: Telenatura, International Television Festival on Conservation of Nature and Environment Award, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival 2011: Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Awards, Sichuan TV Festival 2011: Gold Panda Awards for Documentary, Festival des Umwelt- und Naturfilms 2012: Preis der Stadt Potsdam für die beste künstlerische Leistung, EnviroFilm 2012: EnviroFilm Award