“El Pastor” (The Shepherd)
Following the journey of a Chilean shepherd brought to work in the mountains of Idaho– a very different immigrant story.
It’s a job most Americans wouldn’t be interested in, even in these tough times. The life of a shepherd is lonely and dangerous. They live for long stretches in the isolated reaches of the deserts and mountains of the vast American West. The men who come to do this job hail largely from South American region of Patagonia, where they have grown up experienced with herding llamas and sheep. Although the chance to come to America can mean a better future for their families, the shepherds pay a high price as they serve out their grueling three year contracts.
Director/Cinematographer: Sofian Khan (“Brother Rob”)
Co-Director: Andres Cabellero
About the Production:
“As immigrants, both myself and Andres are drawn to stories dealing with the fault lines between the immigrant and mainstream American community. However, with this project, we are more intently focusing on the immigrant experience in an internal, psychological sense. The great open landscape and cool climate of Idaho in many ways echo those of the subject’s native Patagonia. He is both near and far from home… After three months, now back from the mountain, a weak cell signal carries the voices of his family to his ear as strong emotion well from his tired eyes. Just two more years.” — Sofian Khan
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