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RadioWest and Utah Film Center have partnered to present the best in documentary filmmaking. We talk with established and new directors who are changing the way audiences see the world and then screen their films.

Through the Lens: Llama Nation


Tuesday, we're talking about llamas. Turns out they’re pretty fascinating. And a lot has changed for them over the years. Once persecuted by the Conquistadors, these days they're kept as pets, used for therapy, and dressed in costume for competition.

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Tuesday, we continue our Through the Lens series with a documentary film about llamas. That’s right, llamas. Unless you’re part of the llama in-group, you probably haven’t given a second thought to these South American animals. As it turns out, they’re pretty fascinating. Domesticated by the ancient Incans, these days they’re kept as pets, used as therapy animals, and shown in competition. We’ll talk about where the llama came from, where it’s going, and why the animal is so endearing.

On Thursday, April 5, RadioWest and the Utah Film Center will present a free screening of Tanner Shinnick and Aaron Allsop's documentary film Llama Nation as part of our Through the Lens series. It's at 7:00 p.m. at the Rose  Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Shinnick and Allsop will join us in-person for a Q-and-A after the film. There may even be a llama or two there: we're working on it. You can get more information, and invite your friends, through the Facebook event.


  • Helen Cowie is a senior lecturer in modern history at the University of York in England. Her research focuses on the cultural history of science with a particular focus on the history of animals. She's the author of the book Llama [Indie bookstores|Amazon]
  • Tanner Shinnick directed the documentary film Llama Nation.
  • Aaron Allsop produced the film.