A mesmerizing tribute to the unbreakable bond between humans and animals, Shepherdess of the Glaciers captures a way of life that is deeply intertwined with nature. On a rock-strewn mountain 5,000 meters high, amidst the stunning landscape of Ladakh, lives shepherdess Tsering with her flock of 300 sheep and pashmina goats.
Every winter, Tsering sets out from from her home village to the high plateaus of the Himalayas, so that the flock can graze through the winter. Her only access to events in the outside world is via a small transistor radio. When the batteries run out, Tsering sings to herself and the surrounding glaciers. Apart from the physical travails of herding sheep across the icy terrain, danger also lurks in the form of wolves and snow leopards, which Tsering must fight off single-handedly. Documented over four seasons by her brother Stanzin Dorjai, the film examines a culture and a landscape that are fast disappearing, due to modernization and climate change.