New to DVD and VOD this week:
Big Sky Doc, Sebastopol Doc, St Louis, Anchorage, RiverRun
A profile of a biker club consisting of veterans of the Bosnian War.
During the Bosnian War in the early 1990s, Lija helped defend his city, Livno – service for which he feels no guilt. Now, he leads many of his comrades-in-arms from those days in the Wolves motorcycle club. Though the viewer might expect these hardened veterans to live up to the aggro biker stereotype, the portrait that emerges in Shawn Convey’s surprisingly understated film upends those preconceptions. While some of the Wolves’ younger members engage in some disruptive behavior, to the gentle headshaking of Lija and his cohort, the club as a whole is dedicated to charitable work, from blood drives and building repair to taking responsibility for the care and protection of a herd of wild horses – stewardship that is laden with metaphor about their own membership. Convey’s project is a quiet one, focused more on observation than on fleshing out the personalities or lives of the Wolves – save, to some extent, Lija – but nevertheless paints an intriguing portrait of trauma and healing.