HERD IN ICELAND
Herd in Iceland is a documentary about the annual round-up of the Icelandic horse, isolated for centuries by the country’s oceanic borders.
Herd in Iceland was filmed over the course of 2 years, when Lindsay Blatt traveled to Iceland to document the herders as they collected their horses across the island’s remote terrain. During the summer months, the horses live a wild existence, grazing in the highlands and raising their young. Each fall, they are rounded up by local farmers and directed across the stunning landscape. This valued tradition is a social and cultural touchstone for both the farmers who own the horses and the city dwellers who travel to the countryside to participate.
The horse holds a precious place in Icelandic culture, art and tradition; for over 1,000 years Icelandic law has prohibited the importation of horses onto the island. By telling the story of this annual journey, Herd in Iceland captures the symbolism behind the horses and the nation they represent.
Filmed from land and air, foot and hoof across the vast Icelandic landscape. Herd in Iceland takes you into a journey that is largely unknown but filled with meaning and beauty for those who sustain it. A selection of some of the festivals Herd has won: Black Hills, Heartland, Bend Oregon, L.A. Femme, Louisville International, Praxis, Oxford Mississippi, Arizona, and Brooklyn.
Herd in Iceland, which has been winning awards on the festival circuit for over a year. It’s just begun to air on PBS stations around the US, and I’m writing to see if you’d be interested in sharing the schedule with your audience. You can watch the trailer at: www.herdiniceland.com