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Stone Pastures

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Title of the film Original title: Stone Pastures
English title: Stone Pastures
Hungarian title: Kőlegelők

Production and shooting info Country of the production: Finland - fi
Year of production: from 2007 to 2008
Year of shooting: 2007
Length of the film: 65 min
Colouring: colour
Standard format: DigiBeta
Recording format: HDV
Original language: Ladakh
Language of subtitle: English

Description of the content Stone Pastures tells the story of a nomadic family living on the Himalayan plateau of Chantang, Ladakh. In this high altitude cold desert, the most inhospitable of environments, father Sonam, mother Phuntsok, old uncle Tsewang, and the boys Padma and Kunsang struggle rearing pashmina goats. This struggle contains a paradox: Ladakh’s gritty, rocky conditions give rise to the finest of materials, pashmina wool. Produced by the nomads’ goats as a warm undercoat, this is the raw material for luxurious Kashmiri shawls, and the family’s only source of income. The film follows the family through the seasons in the context of their livelihood. Aspiring towards a more comfortable settled life, we find Ladakh’s nomads in a state of transition, between traditional life and modern ways. In Stone Pastures, this transition is seen mainly through the eyes of the family’s sons Kunsang and Padma, as they move away from the life of his ancestors, traveling between the high plateau and boarding school in Leh, Ladakh’s capital.

Credits Director: Donagh Coleman
Producer: Beverly Cook
 Martha O´Neill
 Jouko Aaltonen
Cinematographer: Donagh Coleman
 Johannes Lehmuskallio
 Timo Peltonen
Editor: Breege Rowley
Sound: Kimmo Vänttinen
 Pertti Venetjoki
 Douglas Murray

Company / Institution Production: Illume Ltd
Distributor: Illume Ltd

Ethnicity and locality Etnic group: Ladakh
Continent: Central Asia
Location
 (City, village, region, mountains, etc.): Himalaya

Tipology Type: non-fiction film
Form: documentary film

Related sciences Social science: cultural anthropology


Keyword: way of living
 craft, trade
 family

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