Review: ‘Tempus de Baristas’

After years of making distinguished films about Africa and Aboriginal peoples , vet Australian anthropological documaker David MacDougall turns his camera to Europe with this ambitious study of mountain goatherds in eastern Sardinia. Effective docu shows those caught in a world where their way of life is being displaced by modernization.

After years of making distinguished films about Africa and Aboriginal peoples , vet Australian anthropological documaker David MacDougall turns his camera to Europe with this ambitious study of mountain goatherds in eastern Sardinia. Effective docu shows those caught in a world where their way of life is being displaced by modernization.

Docu focuses on three generations of goatherds: The eldest, Franchiscu, grew up at a time when herding goats was a noble profession; his 17-year-old son Pietro helps his father, but he has yet to decide whether to follow family tradition or pursue other interests; Miminu is a bachelor in his 40s who tends his large herd alone and feels trapped by history.

The title refers to the fact that today’s goatherds are a dying breed while tourism becomes the island’s principal source of income. Even Pietro considers pursuing hotel management training after graduation.

Sensitive pic is important for its depiction of those caught in the dilemma of deciding whether to continue a tradition that has become anachronistic in today’s world.

Tempus de Baristas

(ITALIAN-BRITISH -- DOCU)

Production

An Istituto Superiore Regionale Etnografico/Regione Autonoma della Sardegna production with Fieldwork Films, in association with BBC-TV. Produced by Paolo Piquereddu. Directed by David MacDougall. Camera (color), MacDougall; editor, Dai Vaughan; sound, Dante Olianas; technical assistants, Jaime McCoan, Ignazio Figus , Virgilio Piras. Reviewed at Margaret Mead Film Festival, Museum of Natural History, N.Y., Oct. 9, 1993. Running time: 100 MIN.
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