SHEEP TALES GATHERING
Documentary Film Screening:
"Gaucho Del Norte" ("Gaucho of the North")
With Filmmakers Sofian Khan & Andrés Caballero
With Fimmakers Sofian Khan & Andrés Caballero
Short Film Introduction
"Sheepherders with Cell Phones"
With Carolyn Dufurrena
Q&A Post-Film with Sofian, Andrés, Carolyn and the Ball Brothers' Ranchers
Friday, October 12, 2018
Sun Valley Opera House, Sun Valley
Online registration begins Sunday, July 1, and runs through Thursday, October 1 at 11:59 pm.
Registration at Limelight Hotel Ketchum (Festival Headquarters) Friday, October 12 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm or at the Sun Valley Opera house starting at 6:00 pm until sold out.
For the 22nd Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, we are bringing in Sofian Khan and Andrés Caballero to screen their film GAUCHO DEL NORTE.
“In the quiet, bucolic Patagonian countryside in the town of Bahia Murta with 587 inhabitants we meet Eraldo Pacheco, a thoughtful man who has recently arrived at a momentous decision. “Things are worse here than ever,” Eraldo tells his father and family as he announces his plan to move to the United States to fulfill a three-year contract tending sheep almost 6,000 miles away in rural Idaho. In this observational documentary of impressive beauty and painterly cinematic images the imbalance of economic forces is seen in high relief.
Robert and Blake Ball, father and son, are the ranchers from Hamer, Idaho, who appear in the film. Robert’s grandfather started the business in the 1940s and they have been feeding lambs for four generations and annually run more than 7,000 ewes through Idaho and Wyoming. They plan to attend and participate in the Q&A.
In addition, we are bringing in Carolyn Dufurrena to screen her short film: Sheepherders with Cell Phones. In this film, Carolyn and Linda Dufurrena ponder how cell phones have changed the lives of sheepherders who live with their flocks on isolated western ranges in this Deep West Video that premiered at the 2013 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering.
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a State-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.