The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred Mountain

  • 97'
  • India
  • 2018

When an old shepherd hears the news about a jet fighter that has crashed, he remembers the stories about other plane accidents that made the finders very rich. Blinded by greed, he leaves his herd in the lurch and goes looking for the wreckage. However, the accident was on a holy mountain. While the shepherd roams with his impure intentions and tries to put other treasure hunters off the scent, predators attack his sheep. His assistant takes advantage of a bottle of alcohol he had hidden, and dies in an accident.

The Himalayas, which form the backdrop to this drama, are not the picture-postcard landscape familiar from nature documentaries. It’s a rough and inhospitable area. The men who work here, played by real local shepherds, know that danger is never far away. But if they disrupt the holiness of the mountain, and hence the order of things, the threat level transcends this world.

Director
Ridham Janve
Premiere
International premiere
Country of production
India
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
97'
Medium
DCP
Language
Various
Producers
Akshay Singh, Ridham Janve, Nazhat Jahangir Shaikh, Manoj Kumar Pingua
Production Company
National Film Development Corporation India
Sales
National Film Development Corporation India
Screenplay
Akshay Singh, Ridham Janve
Cinematography
Saurabh Monga
Editor
Kratika Adhikari
Sound Design
Bigyna Dahal
Music
Jered Sorkin
Cast
Lokendra Gurung, Arjun Pant