THE BAJA POST
Wolfwalkers is part of the 2020 edition of the Los Cabos International Film Festival, whose hybrid edition allowed this story to be seen throughout the country this November 15 on its website. Later, the film directed by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart will reach more than 100 countries – including Mexico – this December 11 through Apple TV +.
There are times of tyranny. More than ever, we have waged an endless battle against those who have been singled out as our enemies. Could it be that our hearts still remember what solidarity is? Will we still be able to take a moment and reflect on our reality? In an extremely complex context for humanity, Wolfwalkers comes to our screens as a powerful tale of empathy when hopelessness seems to have taken hold of us.
“I hope Wolfwalkers can inspire a little empathy in everyone,” says Oscar nominee Tomm Moore. “I can’t remember who said it, but someone once mentioned that cinema is an empathy machine. Showing someone else’s world, someone else’s point of view, allows us to imagine ourselves in the shoes of others; either through those who are considered intruders and who we have been told that we should hate”.
Wolfwalkers tells the story of Robyn Goodfellowe, a little English girl who emigrates to Ireland with Bill, her father, a hunter who must help a community that seeks to eradicate the pack of wolves that threaten her. Forced to stay locked up at home, Robyn begins to develop her talents in her father’s profession. Her desire to explore the world around her new home leads her to discover something unknown about that group of animals. From the hand of a peculiar girl named Mebh MacTíre, Robyn understands that the real threat that endangers her life is not really the one she has been told forever.
This quest for seized freedom, which shows tyranny at its most aggressive, becomes very familiar to 21st century audiences. For Stewart, what drives little Robyn’s rebellious spirit is something that is germinated in those who will be the future of the world. “When young people around the world begin to realize who they are, and what kind of adults they are becoming, they face great rejection, either from their parents or from society; even among his colleagues. There is great pressure surrounding them. And many times, it takes great courage for them to rebel against that and say, ‘no. This is who I am, this is what I believe in and this is what I want to become. I think it is a very important phase. That’s something universal and I hope the Wolfwalkers audience will react to that.”