禁牧的天空（No Country for the shepherd)
Independent Films, Web Series, Social Responsibility Movies, Documentaries
Our story happened in FengNing County, Hebei Province locates near Beijing where large areas of protection forest are built to ease the sand storm problem in Beijing area. So both ‘pasturing prohibition' and ‘returning farmland to forest' are carried out there by the government.
We focus on a shepherd whose farmlands were all confiscated with little payment. He knows well about the pasturing prohibition and how pasturing does harm to the environment. But as a single, helpless and illiterate shepherd, he has to herd sheep to make a living, though against laws and morality. Thus being vigilant to everyone, escaping and protecting his beloved sheep from supervising teams become his preoccupation. We kept his accompany for a period to discover aspects of his daily life, for instance, How does he herd sheep every day, his relationship with sheep, the conflict against supervising teams and his past.
Additionally, it turns out to be that supervising teams catch sheep only for money. Every time after charging for it they send sheep back, announcing shepherds to blame. Being in such a dilemma, the shepherd couldn't tell where his future is.
According to investigation, there are dozens of shepherds like him. We can’t help asking: is our environment can only be protected at the cost of several people’s interest? Does conflict really exist between pasturing and building forest or is it due to drawbacks of the enforcing of policy? That's what we want to find out and tell audiences in shooting our film.
Language: Chinese (simplified)
Year of Production: 2012
Length: 12m 30s
- 罗豫 Jason Yu-Law
- 肖永鸿 Billy Chiu