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Screening of 'Herd in Iceland'

Screening of ‘Herd in Iceland’

“Herd in Iceland” is a documentary about the annual roundup of the Icelandic horse, isolated for centuries by the country’s oceanic borders.

“Herd In Iceland” began filming in the fall of 2010, when Lindsay Blatt and Paul Taggart traveled to Iceland to document the Icelandic 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 farmers and driven 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 more than a thousand 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.

Lindsay and Paul spent time with the herders and others who ensure that this tradition continues. They filmed from land and air, foot and hoof across the vast Icelandic landscape, following and living with the herdsmen. “Herd in Iceland” takes viewers into a journey that is largely unknown but filled with meaning and beauty for those who sustain it.  The film won the prize for best documentary short at the 2013 Black Hills Film Festival.

Photo: A horse lunges at a young man in a sorting pen during the festive annual roundup of Icelandic horses in 2010. Credit:  Paul Taggart / “Herd in Iceland”

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