Film Screening of “The Shepherdess of the Glaciers” with Discussion by Filmmaker, Stanzin Dorjai Gya
The Shepherdess of the Glaciers (La Bergère des Glaces)
2015, Stanzin Dorjai and Christiane Mordelet
India/France, 74 min, (English subtitles)
On a rock-strewn mountain in the Himalayan region of Ladakh, lives shepherdess Tsering. Her flock of 250 sheep and cashmere goats are her only companions, except for the troubling presence of wolves and a snow leopard; her only link to the outside world is a small transistor radio. This documentary presents an intimate portrait of a disappearing way of life – one marked by challenges and isolation, but also beauty and spiritual grace.
Bio: Stanzin Dorjai Gya
Stanzin Dorjai Gya hails from a remote village in northwestern India sitting at 16,000 feet on the Tibetan Plateau. Like other children of Gya Village, Stanzin had a nomadic childhood, grazing yaks and sheep while also attending school. In 1995, while pursuing his 12th class at Leh’s Government Higher Secondary School, Stanzin was selected to attend the prestigious Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL). This opportunity ignited his urge to excel in life. Stanzin is an internationally-acclaimed filmmaker who has directed and produced notable feature films and documentaries on regional, national and international issues. “Jungwa: The Broken Balance,” a documentary based on the 2010 flash floods that devastated Leh, was selected for screening at the United Nations’ COP21 Paris Conference in 2015. “The Shepherdess of the Glaciers,” an homage to his sister’s life, has won 20 awards, including the Grand Prize at the Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival in 2016.