Valley of the Goats

Goats are truly poor man’s cows. At Attapady area in Kerala South India, goat rearing is the sole income for Irula tribes. Two breeds goats are reared here, the Attappadi Black goat and Malabari goat. Attapadi black goat is a breed developed by the tribes. The breed is known for its sturdy nature and ability to withstand high temperature prevailing in Attapadi. These medium sized goats are black in color with adult body weight of 30 to 35 kg in buck and 28 to 30 kg in female. Attappadi Black goats are poor milk producers and hence these animals are reared only for meat purpose.
Both breeds are known for their sturdy nature and ability to withstand high temperature prevailing in Attapadi.Both is facing threat due to cross breeding. Young and old alike, all in the Irula hamlets are involved in goat rearing in one way or other. Goats are integral part of their customs and traditional medicinal practices. Alleviating the poverty of tribes of Attapadi, goats are really man’s guardian angels here. The documentary explores the goat rearing tradition of Attapady and status of two indigenous goat breeds.

  • G S Unnikrishnan Nair
  • G S Unnikrishnan Nair
  • Anjana Unnikrishnan
  • Vysakhan
  • Suraj
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    23 minutes 40 seconds
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    October 16, 2018
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    4,300 USD
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Director Biography - G S Unnikrishnan Nair

Graduate in Agriculture and Post graduate in Journalism. Working as Deputy Director, Farm Information Buraeu.Published over 2000 popular science articles and 40 books. Scripted and directed over 100 Science documentaries. Won 6 National Awards and 7 State Awards for Science communication through Print as well as Electronic media. This includes National Science Communication Award 2008 and 2016, Bronze Beaver Award in the National Science film festival-2014 and 2015; Indian Medical Association Electronic media Award 2011, HRD Ministry’s book wring award2012, State Science Literature Award 2008,State Farm journalist award 2008,State Children’s literature award 2005 and 2015,Bhima Balasahitya Award 2016,Balasahity Samithi Award 2016 etc.

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A film about the intimate relationship between tribes and their goats..