This film’s story is a story about a traditional shepherd being forced to conform and abandon his ideals due to a neoliberal world he lives in. The director, Ton van Zantvoort, takes us through a journey that begins with a relaxed, cheerful and passionate shepherd who eventually takes a turn for the worse. He becomes bitter, short-tempered, and stressed to the point of losing his hair.
But why? Was herding sheep not supposed to be the most relaxed and romantic profession in the world?
The director can relate to the shepherds anguish with the trying to live in a world at odds, which is what makes the feelings in this film more apparent. Do you follow your passion and keep your ideals? Or do you conform and follow the herd?
As a filmmaker, Van Zantvoot tried to base his films one small issues that are the gateway to talking about much large problems of the world. He strives to remove the “blindfold” on people and show the reality of the world where people can strive for their ideals without repercussions.