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Himalaya, Land of Women (2008)
At an altitude of 13,000 feet, Sking is one of the most isolated villages in the Himalayan region of Zanskar. In just three months, from August to October, the Zanskaris have to harvest and store all their food for the coming year. With many of the men away trying to earn some money, all the women—young and old alike—work nonstop, from dawn to dusk, and worry about the arrival of winter. Filmed from the point of view of a subjective camera by Marianne Chaud, a young female ethnologist who, over a period of 7 years, lived half her time among the villagers. Land of Women offers a sensitive and poetic immersion in the life of four generations of women during harvesting season. We share their rare intimacy and gradually grow attached to them. A most remarkable film.