Human Stories 52' 90'

Himalaya, Land of Women

At an altitude of nearly 4,000 meters, Sking is one of the most isolated villages in the Himalayan region of Zanskar. In just three months, from August to October, the Zanskaris have to harvest and store all their food for the coming year. All the women-young and old alike-work nonstop, from dawn to dusk, and worry about the arrival of winter.


Filmed from the point of view of a subjective camera by a young female ethnologist, Himalaya, Land of Women offers a sensitive and poetic immersion in the life of four generations of women during harvesting season. We share their rare intimacy and gradually grow attached to them.

Direction: Marianne Chaud

Production: ZED and ARTE France

Languages: French, Español, Italian, English

awards & festivals

  • Planète Couleurs Film Festival of Saint Etienne (France)

    Selection Official - No Competition

  • Mountain Film Festival of Vancouver (Canada)


  • Film Festival of Trento (Italy)

    Best Mountain Film

  • Ethnographic Film Festival (France)

    Official Selection

  • Mountain Film Festival of Banff (Canada)

    Official Selection

  • Mountain Film Festival of Autrans (France)

    Public Award & Best Film Award (Human Life Category)

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