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Tempus de Baristas

Tempus de Baristas - Image Produced by David MacDougall.
100 min. Color. 1997.
Available as: VHS and DVD
Captioned: Yes
Catalog #: 0028
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"Time of the Barmen" is one of the most acclaimed works of renowned ethnographic filmmaker David MacDougall. It profiles three goatherders in the mountains of eastern Sardinia and, with extraordinary insight and nuance, explores a traditional way of life that is rapidly disappearing as commercial farming displaces herding and young people drift to the coast for the higher pay and glamour of the tourism industry.

Pietro, a boy of 17, loyally helps his father in the herding and milking of their goats. His father Franchiscu, 62, would like his son to stay in the mountains but knows he will probably have to leave to further his education and his prospects. Their friend Miminu, in his 40s and still unmarried, knows all his goats by name but faces a future of increasing poverty and isolation.

For Pietro, the lives of his father and Miminu provide reference points against which to measure himself and consider his future in a changing world.

This extraordinary film was directed by David MacDougall and produced by the Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico and Fieldwork Films, in association with BBC Television.

In Sardinian, with English subtitles.


"Gloriously shot, this pastoral elegy... moves away from the intertitles and Brechtian interrogative devices that MacDougall employed in earlier films, such as The Wedding Camels, for a seamless narrative style that uses shifts from scene to scene for contrast and comment, not unlike Wiseman's work." -- Jeffrey Ruoff, in the Commission on Visual Anthropology Newsletter

"Franchiscu, Miminu, and Pietro are not generalizations of Sardinian pastoral culture such as we can obtain from statistical data and sociological analyses.... They are at once individuals and emblematic representations of universal aspects of the human condition, expressed through existentially specific characters of Sardinian goatherders.... Is that ethnography? Yes, by all means." -- Antonio Marazzi, in Visual Anthropology Review


  • Royal Anthropological Institute Special Commendation
  • Society for Visual Anthropology Award
  • Margaret Mead Film Festival honoree
  • Chicago Intl. Film Festival Gold Plaque
  • Bilan du Film Ethnographique (Paris) honoree
  • Earthwatch Film Festival Award
  • Hawaii Intl. Film Festival honoree



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