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Winter Nomads

By Manuel von Stürler

Pascal, 53, and Carole, 28, are shepherds. In the month of November 2010, they embark on their long winter transhumance: four months during which they will have to cover 600 km in the Swiss-French region, accompanied by three donkeys, four dogs and eight hundred sheep.

An exceptional adventure begins: braving the cold and the bad weather day in day out, with a canvas cover and animal skins as their only shelter at night. This daily saga reveals a tough and demanding profession requiring constant improvisation and unflinching attention to nature, the animals and the cosmos.

An odyssey through a landscape undergoing profound changes that render this kind of expedition more difficult every year, especially when having to find grass for the sheep between villas, railroad tracks and industrial areas, making it day after day more and more difficult.

An eventful journey full of surprise encounters, moving reunions with farmer friends, nostalgic figures of country life that is shrinking away fast…

A film by Manuel von Stürler

Produced by Louise Productions

Year of production : 2012
Language : français
Subtitles : french, german, english, italien, spanish, russian, hebrew, hungarian
Length : 90 min

Script : Claude Muret and Manuel von Stürler
Image :
Camille Cottagnoud
Sound : Marc von Stürler
Editing : Karine Sudan
Sound editing and sound mixing : Etienne Curchod

In coproduction with the RTS, SSR/SRG and Arte

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