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2013/Jocelyn Ford/China, USA/76min/Documentary
Nowhere to Call Home gives an unprecedented intimate look at the life of a rural Tibetan woman, as well as the gritty reality of ethnic prejudice in the rising global power China. Widowed farmer Zanta defies her tyrannical father-in-law and refuses to marry his other son, imprisoned for robbery. When Zanta’s in-laws deny her seven-year-old schooling, she flees to Beijing. Destitute and feeling embattled by discrimination, she tries to give her son to a customer—an American journalist.
2010/Lynn True, Nelson Walker and Tsering Perlo/USA/86min/Documentary
Locho and Yama live with their baby in Dzachuka, eastern Tibet, as Nomads. In Chinese the name stands for the “five highest” – meaning the highest, coldest, poorest, biggest and most remote area in the Sichuan province. The movie gives us a glimpse into the hard life of the family for which it was awarded with over 15 international prices since its release.
1998/Tenzing Sonam, Ritu Sarin/India, Tibet/33min/Documentary
A Stranger in my Native Land is the poignant and personal account of Tenzing Sonam’s first-ever visit to his homeland. From the far reaches of Amdo Province, where Tibetans have lost their language, to Lhasa, the heart of the country, the film captures his meetings with long-lost relatives and conveys a sense of the desperation of Tibet as a country under occupation.
2013/Tenzin Tsetan Choklay/Tibet/82min/Documentary
A young artist sets out on a mission to bring Tibet home to its people through an art project that involves smuggling 20,000 kilos of native Tibetan soil across the Himalayas from Tibet into India, while spanning the borders of three countries. By virtue of his small mission, he forever touches the hearts of many Tibetans living in exile who are unable to return home.
1997/Ulrike Koch/Germany, Switzerland/108min/Documentary
Shot under extreme conditions in one of the world’s most remote and beautiful locations, THE SALTMEN OF TIBET documents the ancient traditions and daily rituals of a Tibetan nomadic community and transports us into a realm untainted by the tides of foreign invasion or encroaching modernity. Step by step we follow the unforgettable, annual three-month pilgrimage to the holy salt lakes of northern Tibet.
Scent of Juniper is a real life story about a Tibetan exile folk artist, Tsering Dorjee who lives in the San Francisco Bay area and his initiative in passing down centuries old Tibetan arts to younger generation Tibetans. He does so through the community weekend culture school, which serves these youngsters who were born and raised in the US.
2008/Michael Perlman/United States/55min/Documentary
Badgro, a Buddhist monk and Nawang, a Buddhist nun, lead freedom demonstrations against Chinese repression in Tibet. They are imprisoned and tortured but through the power of positive thinking, find the strength to move beyond fear. When a worldwide movement culminates in their release, they find a way to forgive their former torturers as they continue the struggle to free prisons of conscience they left behind.