The Vanishing American West - Sweetgrass

When: Saturday, February 20, 2010, 7 pm


Directors: Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (English, 101 mins., 35mm, 2009)
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An ethnographic study of a vanishing way of life, Sweetgrass follows some of the last modern-day cowboys as they herd sheep into the beautiful Absaroka-Beartooth mountains. Co-director Ilisa Barbash will be here to introduce the film.

"Magnificent... Wonderful... The first essential movie of this young year... Astonishingly beautiful... Nature overwhelms the screen and even minds..." MANOHLA DARGIS - THE NEW YORK TIMES

Ilisa Barbash

Ilisa Barbash is Associate Curator of Visual Anthropology at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. Her film works (all co-directed with Lucien Taylor) include Made in U.S.A. (1990), a film about sweatshops and child labor in the Los Angeles garment industry, and In and Out of Africa (1992), a video about authenticity, taste, and racial politics in the transnational African art market. With Lucian Taylor, she is author of The Cinema of Robert Gardner.

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