Omaha Film Festival Review: Llama Nation

Omaha Film Festival Review: Llama Nation

Once thought of as equally goofy as they are cuddly, Llama Nation shows us that there is a much deeper, intelligent side to Llamas than we ever could have imagined.

The main purpose of Documentary films, at least what I believe them to be for and what I hope to get out of them, is to be educated on a story that might otherwise never be told. To learn about another culture, or be enlightened about an individuals accomplishments. So while many people would scoff at a documentary in which the sole purpose of the film is to teach people about llamas and various roles they play in many American’s lives, I completely embraced the idea, and quite enjoyed the documentary because of it.

In Llama Nation, we engulf ourselves in the lives of two teenage llama lovers, who are turning their love for llamas into a show winning dynasty, all while battling each other for the title of National Champion. At one point in the film, one of the teenage girls refers to herself as “The Lebron James of Llamas”, a title in which I suppose has a high element of prestige that goes along with it. Llama nation also takes us into the lives of other llama owners, which include a farmer, hunter, and llama therapist. These individual stories allow the documentary to expand and provide even more insight into the character traits of llamas themselves.

Most people associate llamas with spitting, but as the documentary feature will explain, they only do so when threatened or in some sort of distress, no different from a cat scratching or a dog biting. These are the sorts of interesting tid-bits that you can learn if you take the time to watch Llama Nation. Director Tanner Shinnick does a wonderful job keeping a nice balance between the different uses for llamas, while also highlighting their ultimate use, as companions.

Documentary fans typically are so because they enjoy the thrill of learning something new. Well, Llama Nation will not only provide you an immense amount of llama knowledge, but you also have the fun of watching llamas for an hour and a half. Let’s be honest, even if you hate learning, you hate films, and you hate people; you’re bound to think llamas are cute, so stop fooling yourself and see this documentary.

You can catch a screening of Llama Nation at Omaha Film Festival on March 10th, at 8:45 pm. Check out their full schedule at http://omahafilmfestival.org.

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