A profoundly bold vision, Without Shepherds has mastered the craft of documentary storytelling, taking us into the heart of Pakistan, a country scrutinized by the global community yet virtually unseen, unknown and deeply misunderstood. Although the land and people carry a long cultural history, Pakistan is just in it's infancy as a nation, if we didn't already know this, we have certainly forgotten. It's 2008 and only 60 years after Pakistan has declared independence. Benazir Bhutto has just been assassinated and Musharraf's military is in control. Pakistan is in the global spotlight as the U.S. wages its war on terror, hunts for Bin Laden and news headlines scream terrorism, extremism, sexism. Pakistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world and it's easy to paint a shallow picture.
Through 6 unique Pakistani's at the helm of the progressive movement, we journey into a land at the crossroads of religion, politics, culture and the deep complexity of tradition struggling to keep it's footing with modernity. With lyrical cinematic poetry our guides take us into uncharted territory, traveling from the Eastern border of India to the Western border of Afghanistan, large urban cities to rural villages, progressive politics to Taliban territory. No stone is left unturned always making us painfully aware of the fact and wondering how the filmmakers were able to capture such rawness. Tired of political pundits and talking heads, McClelland masterfully captivates us at the first frame. Beyond gorgeous and lushly visual, the interwoven stories remind us of the humanity and power of people willing to risk everything for their beliefs, communities and a better future, leaving us in turn to reflect on our own humanity and vision.
- Terrie Samundra, Programmer
Jeune fille effacée à peine sortie de l'adolescence, Marie (18 ans) est attirée comme un papillon de nuit par le luxe et les paillettes. Sa vie bascule le jour où elle rencontre Olivier (45 ans) un riche patron de boîtes de nuit qui craque sous le charme de sa candeur mordante. À son contact, elle apprend à profiter de l'argent facile sans savoir où elle a mis les pieds. Son copain Vincent, jeune skateur fauché de 21 ans qui s'occupe de Mika, son
frère autiste et muet, n'en saura rien jusqu'au jour où ...
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Marie (18) a subdued young woman just emerging from adolescence, is drawn by luxury and glitter like a moth to a flame. Her life changes dramatically when she meets Olivier (45), a wealthy nightclub owner, who is unable to resist her disconcerting candor. Through him, she learns how to make easy money without realizing what she has got herself into. Her boyfriend, Vincent, a broke young skater (21) who looks after Mika, his autistic and mute brother, remains blissfully unaware until the day when ...
Winner of the Panavision Future Filmmaker Award
Audience Award - 2013 Best Short Film shortoftheweek.com
Ashland Film Festival Special Jury Mention for Best Short Film
Marin Short Film Festival Honorable Mention Best Short Film
Atlanta Film Festival 2013
Hollyshorts Film Festival
Athens Int Film Fest
Maryland Film Festival
A Short Film by Andrew Renzi
Brady Corbet (Simon Killer, Funny Games, Mysterious Skin)
Clémence Poésy (In Bruges, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows 1 & 2)
Alison Bartlett (The Inn Keepers)
Produced by - Garrett Fennelly & McCabe Walsh
Executive Producers - Borderline Films
Photographed by - Joe Anderson
Composers - Saunder Jurriaans & Daniel Bensi
Music Supervisor - Josh Kessler
Editor - Dean C. Marcial
Production Designer - Victoria Rivera
Casting Director - Susan Shopmaker
Co-Producers - Jean-Raphael Ambron, Stuart Ruston, and Ethan Donnelly