Barbash and Castaing-Taylor work in art, cinema, and anthropology. In 2009 they completed the film Sweetgrass, at once an unsentimental elegy to the American West and to the 10,000 years of uneasy accommodation between post-Paleolithic humans and animals.
Sweetgrass (Orig.) / 2009 / United States / 103 min
Sweetgrass is a 2009 documentary film that follows modern-day shepherds as they lead their flocks of sheep up into Montana's Absaroka-Beartooth mountains for summer pasture. It was directed by Lucien Castaing-Taylor, a Harvard anthropologist, and produced by his wife Ilisa Barbash. The title derives from Sweet Grass County, one of several in which the film was shot.