CAPITALISM: As he tries to keep his own afloat, competition from big companies, cheap labour from the East, and smart machinery all make life increasingly difficult for one Dutch shepherd.

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Emma Bakkevik
Emma Bakkevik is a translator and freelance writer. She is a regular contributor to Modern Times Review.
Published date: September 7, 2019

Sheep Hero

(Schapenheld)

Ton van Zantvoort

Ton van ZantvoortMarc ThelosenKoert Davidse

the Netherlands

When I imagine a shepherd, I imagine a peaceful, nomadic existence somewhere in the mountains – a lonesome character surrounded by green hills and sheep. This ancient occupation, dating back thousands of years, is something I would have thought survived only in the most rural of places,

until I watched Sheep Hero, a documentary about modern-day shepherd Stijn from the Netherlands. As a result of the film, the hardships shepherds face in current society soon contrasted my romantic vision of sheep herding.

https://vimeo.com/294916830

Keeping tradition alive


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