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The Sacred Goats

The Kalasha live in the Hindukush mountains of north west Pakistan. They are the last remnants of the shamanistic goat culture that dominated in this area before the arrival of Islam.

For this non-Muslim minority of 3,000-4,000 people, the goat is the most important part of their culture – socially, economically and religiously.

But inevitably they are under threat on all sides – modern education is diluting their traditions, economically they are only barely surviving, Islamic fundamentalists are threatening their religious practice and environmentalists want to move them from their traditional pastures.

An intimate and warm-hearted documentary filmed on a simple camcorder, giving a unique view of a culture in crisis.

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