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Home > Screenings > Off the Fence > Wolverine: One Tough Mother

Director: Alexander Sletten

Producer: Terra Mater Factual Studios, Red Rock Films International, Smithsonian Networks

Executive Producer: Martin Mészáros, Sabine Holzer

Genres: Documentary


1 x 60’

Glamorised by Hollywood and villainised by ancestral folklore, the wolverine is both a fabled icon of the Northern Hemisphere and a modern-day superhero.

Our heroine of this story, Freya, is a 3-year-old female wolverine – shy and elusive and rarely caught on camera, she inhabits a mysterious and unforgiving world – deep in the rugged wilderness between Russia and Finland. This is ‘No-Man’s Land’.

Following Freya over the course of a year we document her battles against the harshest conditions and some of the fiercest predators as Freya showcases her acute set of instincts, incredible skills, courage and perseverance. She’s carved out a niche in this hostile land and she’s determined to master her territory. But a whole new challenge awaits, she has just become sexually mature and as a first-time mother, how will she cope when her two young kits arrive?

If she fails, it’s a bitter pill to swallow; climate change and habitat loss are threatening her very existence and every kit counts. If she succeeds, it will stand testament to the true grit which makes up every ounce of her being. She’s uniquely equipped to face all the challenges the harsh wilderness throws at her, but will her arsenal of superpowers be enough? Probably – for she is Wolverine!