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.

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


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.

Keeping tradition alive

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