Documentary, 52 min.
Status: completed, 2014. Available on DVDs.
Georgia is one of the last countries in the world where transhumance, a seasonal movements of people with sheep between summer and winter pastures, is still alive. Lowland steppe hosts winter camps but now itâ€™s may already and heat causes diseases, snakes kill sheep. Itâ€™s time to move to grassy nice and cool plateau of Lesser Caucasus. David and his team of shepherds are about to embark on spring journey across the country â€“ 400 kilometers to walk, 6000 sheep to take care of. It is a journey exposed to weather, disease, wolves and thieves. The weak sheep do not survive, and it takes experience borne of generations of knowledge to herd them there and back, later in autumn.
52 min documentary on sheep keeping industry in Georgia
Produced by Eco Films
Commisioned by Alliances Kvemo Kartli
Eco Films Ltd
Produced and directed by
Mirian Shengelaia, Giorgi Vatsadze
Tamta Mandzulashvili, David Varshanidze
Original music by
Sheep Breeders Association of Georgia
Akhaltsikhe Border dept
Rustavi City Police