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Video: Vargsamtal/Nowness

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Would you choose to live wild and free as a wolf, or have a job with benefits, like a sled dog?

Swedish-born Sven Engholm owns and operates a dogsledding tour company in the extreme north of Norway, far above the Arctic Circle. In Vargsamtal, this prizewinning elite dogsledder tells the Swedish filmmaker Axel Byrfors how he took a group of stray dogs along with his dogsled team on an expedition to Kamchatka. With a spare, poetic style of storytelling, Engholm imagines that the howls exchanged between the harnessed dogs and the wild wolves nearby are a conversation about who has the better life. Set to striking images of the Finnmark Plateau, this evocative bit of musing pits the merits of a secure, purpose-driven existence against a life of boundless freedom.

Director: Axel Byrfors

Producer: Nils Byrfors

Text: Aeon

Running time: 5:59

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2 comments on “Video: Vargsamtal/Nowness

  1. gregorystackpole
    January 21, 2019

    Wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Tricia Knoll
    January 20, 2019

    He is convincing although it is hard to vote against being the wolf.

    Liked by 1 person

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