Children of the Wild

In many cultures there are myths about “wolf children” who were taken from their families and then grew up in the wild, either alone or with wolves, bears or other animals. But how close are such stories to reality? This program offers a combination of two stories: the true story of the monkey boy John Ssebunya in Uganda, and that of Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli, the most famous, albeit fictitious, wolf child of all. Unlike the children in the myths and stories, children who grow up without human beings have massive problems integrating themselves into society. The program specifically follows the fate of the young Ugandan boy John Ssebunya. If there is no human being as communication partner in the first years of a child’s life, the wolf child will yelp, growl, scream or grunt. He is not yet ready to make contact with other children.