Shepherd Women of Shambala

Shepherd Women of Shambala

A young woman shares the life and culture of a group of semi-nomadic women in the Karakoram.


Finalist: Banff Mountain Film Festival, 2002
Selected: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2002-2003
Finalist: Telluride Mountain Film Festival, 2003
Selected: Telluride Mountain Film Festival World Tour 2003
Finalist: Himalayan Film Festival, Amsterdam, 2003
Finalist: Nevada Mountain Film Festival, 2003
Best Short: Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival, 2003
Finalist: Kendal Mountain Film Festival, 2003
Standing Ovation: San Francisco Film Festival

A young woman shares the life and culture of a group of semi nomadic women in the Pakistan Karakoram, a small group of Ismali Muslim women shepherds maintain centuries old traditions while tending their flocks.  When a western woman travels to their high summer camp, she is adopted into their midst despite the boundaries of language and culture – a story of the extraordinary spirit of women and the power of kindness.

About the Film

Release Date
Adventure & Exploration, Culture and Trekking & Travel
Joy Tessman
Joy Tessman
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SD (4:3)
Shepherd Women of Shambala


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