Ann Waters-Bayer   Email:

I would like to draw attention to the pastoralism film festival that colleagues and I compiled for CELEP (Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism).  Further details about the festival and the included films can be seen in the flyer below.

You can also find background information and direct links to each of the films on the website The films come from all over the world but, unfortunately, not (yet) from Australia. We will be adding to the collection of short films on pastoralism worldwide, as part of the effort to raise awareness about the importance of pastoralism in economic, social, cultural and ecological terms. This will also be central to the proposed International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists (IYRP).

If you could suggest a suitable film from Australia please contact Ann at


The “Perspectives on Pastoralism Film Festival”   organised by CELEP



The Perspectives on Pastoralism Film Festival is a film festival promoted by the Coalition of European Lobbies for Eastern African Pastoralism (CELEP – Interested filmmakers and organisations were asked to submit films related to pastoralism. Based on these submissions, a selection of films was made by a small team in CELEP and is now available for sharing, with the permission of the filmmakers. Showings of the film festival were already made in Kassel at the 2019 Tropentag conference and in Brussels, as part of the CELEP annual general meeting in 2019. For 2020, showings were planned in the Netherlands (at Wageningen University and in Utrecht during the LANDac conference) and in Kenya (as part of the International Grasslands and Rangelands Congress) but they were postponed to 2021 on account of COVID-19.

Description of the festival:

Aim: The festival aims to deepen understanding of how diverse peoples across the world gain their livelihoods from extensive livestock production. The relationships of pastoralist people and their animals and their food production systems reflect an intimate intertwining of culture, economy and ecology in harsh environments such as drylands and mountainous regions. In such environments, mobility of animals plays a key role.

The films: The festival includes films of multiple genres – spanning documentary, narrative and animated – made by pastoralists and/or about pastoralists and offers different insights into issues important to pastoralists. The :

  • Shepherdess of the Glaciers – Trailer (India, 2015), by Stanzin Dorjai and Christiana Mordelet
  • Ngaynaaka: herding chaos (Niger, 2017, 4:59 min. teaser) by Saverio Krätli
  • Preserving Rajasthan’s camel herds (India, 2018, 7:36 min.) by Cornelia Borrmann (reporter), Deutsche Welle
  • Let’s not export our problems (Belgium, 2019, 2:02 min.) by Switch asbl
  • Stories from the landscape: cattle drove (Ireland, 2018, 10:30 min.) by Paul Murphy
  • Extensive livestock farming: an opportunity to tackle climate change (Spain, 2019, 2:24 min) by Marta Guadalupe Rivera Ferre
  • Waynaabe: life scenes of the Wodaabe (Niger, 2012, 17:57 min.) by Francesco Sincich
  • Olosho (Tanzania, 2015, 15:37 min.) by 6 Maasai community members in Loliondo
  • Tes River Mongolians (Mongolia, 2019, 18 min.) by Namuulan Gankhuyag and Tseelei Enkh-Amgalan
  • Bayandalai: Lord of the Taiga (Mongolia, 2018, 11 min.) by Aner Etxebarria Moral and Pablo Vidal Santos

All films are either spoken in English or have English subtitles. More extensive information on the films can be found on the website

Interested in organising a showing of the film festival?

CELEP wants to encourage its members and partners to organise showings of the film festival in Europe and in Eastern Africa as part of its efforts to advocate for (Eastern African) pastoralism, although the films come from many parts of the world. Ideally, the film festival would be integrated into a bigger event and proposed as a particular session or side-event. There are also possibilities to change the compilation of films or to use only a selection of them. CELEP can provide support in terms of making the films available, spreading the invitation amongst its members and partners as well as the Google group, and advertising the event through the website