Z'Alp Switzerland 2013 – 102min.
Thomas Rickenmann’s documentary travels to the Alps to follow three families as they go through their summer rituals and traditions, the grueling climb up to the alps with their livestock and equipment to work the land, to make cheese and feed their cattle. Each family has its own traditions, but perhaps they all adhere to one law: that of the good or bad weather that reigns over the trip up the mountain. There is no fixed calendar, it is nature that tells them when it’s time to move. Patience is demanded of the mountain farmers as they wait for snow to melt. Their preparations are of long duration, and sometimes the way up is sown with pitfalls.
German Switzerland: 10. October 2013
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Ticino: 2. October 2014
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