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Directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Ilisa Barbash • 2009 • France, United States
An unsentimental elegy for the American West, SWEETGRASS follows the last modern-day cowboys as they lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana's breathtaking and often dangerous Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. Filmed in an unobtrusive, keenly observational style, this astonishingly beautiful work of experiential anthropology reveals a world in which nature and culture, animals and humans, vulnerability and violence are all intimately entwined.