Cinema, mobility and landscape

SWEETGRASS: Herding and Human-Animal Geographies

Wednesday 23rd January 2013



The Roxy Bar and Screen

7:30 pm 
Wednesday 23rd January 2013
128-132 Borough High Street, SE1 1LB



Get them doggies rolling down to the Roxy Bar and Screen for Passengerfilms' first screening of 2013 - a herding-themed extravaganza, with films on sheep, horses, and reindeer, guest speakers, and herding calls from around the world.

Featuring Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s stunning documentary Sweetgrass (2009), an award-winning, beautifully shot examination of the link between cowboys and sheep in Montana’s dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains. Sweetgrass is an unsentimental elegy to the American West, following the last modern-day cowboys in search of summer pasture. This beautiful yet unsparing film reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are intimately meshed. (We're absolutely thrilled to be able to screen it after having to reschedule earlier this year.)

Accompanied by a screening of Lindsay Blatt and Paul Taggart's short documentary Herd in Iceland (2012), which follows the horse herders of Iceland across breathtaking landscapes, and Eva Weber's gorgeous, impressionistic 3-minute short Reindeer (2011) - a haunting portrait of reindeer herding in the twilight expanses of the Lappish wilderness.

Plus guest speaker Hayden Lorimer on herding and transhumance. Dr. Lorimer is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow; his work considers the geographical dimensions of a series of themes: landscape, nature, fieldwork, science, memory, mobility and biography.

So follow the herd to the Roxy on the 23rd! Food, drink, and comfy sofas available throughout the evening...and we'll be playing herding songs and herding calls from different countries before and between the films.

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