As the first snows fall, a master shepherd and his apprentice lead 800 sheep on a 600km journey across Switzerland to pastures new.
In a mesmerising evocation of a little-known tradition of rural Europe, we observe veteran Pascal Eguisier and his apprentice Carole Noblanc on their frozen four-month odyssey across the Swiss-French region. However, the terrain through which the unlikely duo travel is undergoing profound changes that render this kind of expedition increasingly difficult, forcing them to seek grass for the sheep between villas, on railroad tracks and in industrial areas.
Filled with surprise encounters, exquisite imagery, droll humour and the sound of sheep bells, Winter Nomads is an intimate character portrait of two staunch individuals dedicated to their craft.
The screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with producer Heinz Dill.The screening will be followed by a Skype Q&A with producer Heinz Dill.
Presented in partnership with Open City Docs Fest.
Open City Docs Fest, London's global documentary festival, will show over 100 films from around the world over 4 days and nights 20-23 June in Bloomsbury Theatre, UCL, ICA and Birkbeck Cinema. For tickets and more info: www.opencitydocfest.com
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"An extraordinary documentary that shows us a little known aspect of rural Europe" -DocGeeks
"A solidly crafted work" - The Hollywood Reporter
Winner: Best Swiss Feature Film Visions Du Reel 2013
Winner: Jury Prize Festival du Cinéma Européen 2012
Winner: Best Documentary European Film Academy 2012