Sheep HeroTon van Zantvoort

Idealistic shepherd Stijn has a hard time dealing with the tough economic reality. After 10 years, his ideals have been infected with a frustrated anger. A tragicomic portrait of a man in the middle of the universal story of David against Goliath, of ideals versus practice, of dreams and disappointments.

Ten years ago, Stijn was a cheerful, laid-back man full of ideals who was living the dream as a shepherd: alongside his flock of sheep and faithful quadrupeds he crossed through nature reserves so that they could be maintained in an environmentally friendly way. But the peace and romance associated with the ancient profession of herding sheep turns out to be hard to hold on to. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find new assignments due to the tough competition from large companies and Eastern European shepherds. With the camera in its wake, the shepherd roams through beautiful Dutch landscapes. He still talks passionately about his profession, but the persistent stress has also turned him into an angry man with a quick temper. His busy family life keeps him going in a time when ideals clash with a bitter reality.

Dutch spoken or subtitled

Vertoond op editie(s) 2019
Screened at edition(s) 2019


Directed by Ton van Zantvoort
2018 81 min.
Subtitles: English


International selection


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Production company

Newton Film, Serius Film


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Roy Bemelmans

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