Sweetgrass, the absorbing documentary by Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor on the last of Montana sheep-herders, premieres tonight on many PBS stations. The film has been garnering critical acclaim from top critics. Here’s some of what they’ve had to say about this powerful film.

Manohla Dargis in The New York Times says it is “Magnificent… Wonderful… The first essential movie of this young year… Astonishingly beautiful… Nature overwhelms the screen and even minds……”

Watch filmmakers, Ilisa Barbash and Lucien Castaing-Taylor talk about the film during a recent interview on WNYC Radio’s The Leonard Lopate Show.

The Village Voice‘s Melissa Anderson says, “Breathtaking… close to heaven… Fascinating…”

Cynthia Fuchs of Popmatters call it “Stunning … The lack of language encourages your appreciation of the human loneliness and difficulty of living among sheep.”

Western Mysteries blogger Caroline Lawrence calls it

“charming” “and “compelling.”

In addition to tonight’s PBS broadcast, you may also view Sweetgrass on your iPhone or iPad via the PBS mobile app. You can watch the entire film online or browse by chapter for free through October 4 on the POV website starting tomorrow. Visit the Sweetgrass companion site for other interactive features inspired by the film.

POV’s 24th season continues Tuesday nights through September 27, concluding with a special broadcast on November 10. Keep up with the films at http://pbs.org/pov, on Twitter @povdocs or on Facebook.

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Alva French is a freelance multimedia journalist and was a POV Digital intern in Summer 2011. She has been blogging on French and Francophone music, politics and culture since 2007 and is an aspiring documentary filmmaker. Alva is currently an M.A. candidate in International Reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.