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The Ox and the conquest of the plains

2020 • 52' • English & French

Poster of The Ox and the conquest of the plains

Director(s): Xavier Lefebvre • Producer(s): Grand Angle Productions • Coproducer(s): ARTE, TV5 Monde, RSI, Ushuaia • Country of production: France • Format(s): HD

They were domesticated 10,500 years ago in Mesopotamia, but the wild Aurochs has since disappeared from the face of the earth. Yet, its descendants, oxen, cows and bulls, continue to accompany humans on five continents. In Turkey, at the archaeological site of Çatal Höyük we discovered the first evidence of the taming of Aurochs and a veritable "civilization of the bull" for people of the Neolithic era. In the north of the country, a nomadic people continues to migrate each summer with their herds, a lasting element of cohesion between peoples. In Portugal, the land is still worked with cows. In the United States, the cowboys of Oklahoma breed both the old Longhorns breed, testimony to the conquest of the wild west, and more modern breeds, the stars of an intensive breeding that accelerates global warming. In France, primitive and less known cattle varieties are coming back to the fore with a promise of sustainable breeding and reconnection to nature.

 

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