Off the Beaten Track
- Country / Region
- Ireland, Romania
- Sium Ni RAGHALLAIGH, Cristian MUNGIU, Dieter AUNER
- Dieter AUNER
- Romanian, English Subtitle
- Ikandi Productions & Mobra Films
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK chronicles a world, untouched for centuries, struggling with profound change. Since joining the EU, Romanians are free to work as agricultural laborers and earn more in one month than a year in their traditional occupation, as shepherds.
Against this changing landscape, Dieter Auner’s documentary introduces us to Albin Creta, a teenage Romanian shepherd from Northern Transylvania. We experience a year of his life as he works shepherding, cutting hay, making cheese and dipping sheep, and the dark nights on the Transylvanian mountain. In this sensitive documentary, the drama observed in the minute : the selling of the lambs, the purchase of a car, the departure for Germany. Albin and his family adapt to each trial, changing to meet the new demands asked of them. One can feel the loving attention to detail to the world of the rural Romanians – who seem entirely oblivious to the documentary production documenting small changes in their lives.
Small changes, yet the harbingers of a new world…..