The Shepherdess of the Glaciers

2015 • 74 Minutes

Far away from any civilization, on the dry Himalayan plateaus (up to 18,300 feet altitude), Tsering the shepherd devotes her whole life to her 300 hundred sheep and Pashmina goats that she cherishes like a mother. She grazes them under the threat of wild animals. The younger generations refusing this hard, lonely work make these images even more rare and moving. It is a life far from the western world’s luxury industries to which the cashmere wool is destined.

LES FILMS DE LA DÉCOUVERTE and HIMALAYAN FILM HOUSE presents the documentary "THE SHEPHERDESS OF THE GLACIERS" written and directed by STANZIN DORJAI GYA and CHRISTIANE MORDELET produced by COLETTE MAGNE camera and sound by STANZIN DORJAI GYA edited by AURÉLIE JOURDAN translated by CHRISTIANE MORDELET and STANZIN DORJAI GYA appearances by TSERING PALMO ZEMSKHANG as shepherdess TASHI LANZOM ZEMSKHANG as mother URGAIN PHUNTSOG ZEMSKHANG as brother CHAMBA DOLKER ZEMSKHANG as step-sister, nephews and nieces: PADMA YOUDON, KHASKIT DOLMA, JIGMET CHODON, STANZIN CHUSKIT, TSEWANG TONLEX; village chief DORJEY TUNDUP - GOBA; shepherds and shepherdesses: NAWANG STANZIN, LAMO TUNDUP, PALMO SASOMA; farmers of Gya and Rumste: TASHI PALJOR, RIGZIN MOTUP, STANZIN SKALZANG, TSERING GYALPO, NYIMA DOLMA; villagers of Gya: TSERING YANGSKIT, ISHEY TSOMO, DECHEN YANGDOL, DOLMA TSOMO, DESKIT ANGMO, DECHEN CHOROL