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Dharamshala international film festival 3 - 6 nov 2016

THE SHEPHERDESS OF THE GLACIERS | LA BERGERE DES GLACES

Stanzin Dorjai Gya and Christiane Mordelet
France, India | 2015 | 74 mins | Ladakhi | Director Attending

THE SHEPHERDESS OF THE GLACIERS | LA BERGERE DES GLACES
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SYNOPSIS

On a rock-strewn mountain, 5,000 meters high in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, lives shepherdess Tsering with her flock of 250 sheep and pashmina goats. We follow Tsering’s solitary movements over a year, from her home village to the high plateaus where she acts as midwife to her goats, warms batteries on a cooking pot and occasionally sings to herself and the surrounding landscape. Her only access to events in the outside world is via a small transistor radio and she daily faces the troubling presence of wolves and a snow leopard. Having turned 40, Tsering now finds the pastoral life physically challenging, whilst climate change is endangering her livestock. Packed with stunning images of the Gya-Miru Valley, The Shepherdess of the Glaciers reveals the ancestral wisdom of those Ladakhi shepherds whose environment and livelihoods are under severe threat.

DIRECTOR

  • Stanzin Dorjai Gya and Christiane Mordelet

    Stanzin Dorjai Gya and Christiane Mordelet

    Co-director Stanzin Dorjai Gya is the brother of The Shepherdess of the Glaciers’ protagonist, Tsering. They shared the same hard life until, aged 14, Stanzin went to study in Delhi. He has previously directed Living with Change: Voices from Ladakh (2009) and co-directed Migchoou (2008). Stanzin now lives in Leh, Ladakh, and makes frequent trips to France to lecture and present his films.

    A qualified physicist, environmentalist, meteorologist, mountain guide and videographer, co-director Christiane Mordelet has taken thousands of students on trips to Greenland, Mongolia, Canada and Ladakh over the past 35 years. She has also made many award-winning documentaries for French television.

    Stanzin and Christiane’s previous collaborations include Land of Summits (2009), What We May Have Lost (2012) and Jungwa: The Broken Balance (2012).

FILM FESTIVALS/AWARDS

Visions Du Reel 2016: International Premiere
International Documentary & Short Film Festival of Kerala 2016: Special Jury Mention (Long Documentary)