The vaqueiros de alzada are a nomadic people in western Asturias who spend a large part of the year isolated in the mountains, dedicated to cattle grazing. A group stigmatised in the towns and villages where they spend the winter, fiercely independent and rebellious. A great deal has happened since the old days (modernisation and progress reaches everywhere), but there are still vaqueiros who continue to lead a way of life that is becoming extinct. Bande films their annual cycle in detail, from when they go up into the mountains until the end of the season, in an ethnographic immersion that does not forget the past and the implications of a unique way of life, showing, once again, a story that needed urgently to be told before it disappears in the snows of oblivion. *Catalan première
Festivals and Awards
Seville | Semana del Audiovisual Contemporáneo in Oviedo
Ramón Lluís Bande
Asturian filmmaker and writer. He’s a director of documentary and feature films. Besides, he has directed video clips for Nacho Vegas, Manta Ray, Mus, Viva Las Vegas or Aroah, amongst others. Several of his previous films have been screened at the D’A.
Filmography: Cantares de una revolución (2018, D'A 2019), Hotel Asturies (2019), Escoréu, 24 d'Avientu de 1937 (2017, D’A 2018), Aun me quedan balas para dibujar (curt, 2017, D’A 2018), Vida vaquera (2016, D’A 2017), El nome de los árboles (2015, D'A 2016), Equí y n'otru tiempu (2014), Llar (2014), Sangre (2010), La carta de Bárbara (2007), El Paisano: un retrato colectivo (2005), Divina lluz (2003), El fulgor (2002)