In the remote and rugged mountains of the American West, two young women work alone herding cattle.

Two friends spend the long summer living in a remote mountain cabin and herding cattle. Out of mobile phone reception, and usually alone, they brave inclement weather and perilous work conditions as they ponder their futures as women in ranching. A portrait of two young women who choose to work in an isolated and beautiful part of the American West.



"With 'Bitterbrush,' Mahdavian announces herself as a filmmaker with a keen eye for capturing the contradictions and complexities of outsider women's lives."

Kristen Lopez, IndieWire

"A picturesque documentary that embraces the sweeping tradition of the Western genre."

Tomris Laffly, Variety

"It poses piercing existential questions about purpose and independence, particularly for women choosing work that has long been deemed the exclusive province of men."

Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

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Official Selection

Telluride 2022