Winter

7 minutes

Is rewilding the future of nature?

Located just a few dozen miles from Amsterdam, the 22-square-mile Oostvaardersplassen nature reserve was developed by the Dutch government as part of a ‘rewilding’ campaign during 1970s. While the large mammals that inhabit the area roam mostly free of predators, death among the abundant fauna is inescapable, with yearly hunts to prevent overpopulation and harsh winters that claim the weak. Winter explores the thin line separating the living and the dead in Oostvaardersplassen, where animals that survive until the spring thaw will find a new season of plenty stretching out before them, while those that die will be scavenged and buried by snow.

Director: Paul Klaver

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