The Call of Pashmina

VAT2019 N 125
SynopsisHigh up in the snowy peaks of Ladakh is a land in the sky. Here lives the nomadic Changtang tribe and their pashmina goats. A few years ago, an unexpected snowstorm hit the region killing over 25,000 of these goats. When a Kashmiri man read this news, he travelled up to Changtang to see what he could do. Babar quit his job in Silicon Valley, and lived with the nomads for six years. He soon realized how fragile the weather system is in the high altitude desert - thereby forcing the nomads to migrate. But what will happen to these goats? In 2016, Babar founded the Pashmina Goat Project - an initiative to preserve the species and their community from the harsh implications of climate change.
Taira Malaney
Original Language
English, Hindi, Ladakhi, Kashmiri
Goa, India
Director Bio
Taira Malaney is an independent filmmaker from Goa, India. She received her BA in Psychology in 2013 at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and after completing a documentary film course at the San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking in 2016, Taira returned to India and founded Emaho Films. Emaho is a creative video agency that produces short films intended to fascinate, evoke and transform. These are stories of individuals, NGOs and businesses that are having a transformative impact on our world - be it environment, health or social justice. Taira is currently working on a five-part documentary series featuring ‘environmental heroes’ whose livelihoods have an immense and lasting impact on ecosystems in India.

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