Drokpa – The Last Tibetan Nomads

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Saturday September 30th
Cinema 2

79 min
USA, Tibet, 2016
Tibetan with English subtitles

Followed by Q & A with director Yan Chun Su

Set high on the plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa portrays the lives and struggles of one tribe of Tibetan nomads whose life is on the cusp of irreversible change. The grasslands of the Tibetan plateau are the source of Asia’s major rivers and half of humanity depends on this water for survival. Tibetan nomads, known as Drokpa, have roamed on this land for thousands of years. But in recent decades, these once lush grasslands have been rapidly turning into desert. With rare access to an extended nomadic family living at the centre of this drastic and historical change, the women of the Drokpa reveal the unprecedented environmental and sociopolitical forces that are pushing these nomads to the edge of their existence. Richly observed daily lives and family relationships, especially those of Tamku, a teenage single mother, Dhongya, a senior nomad and Yithan, a mother of two boys, are at once deeply personal ànd illustrative of the universal issues of gender, freedom, adaptation to a changing climate and the resilience of human spirits. An unprecedented tribute to the last of the Tibetan nomads.

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Director/ Producer/ Cinematographer / Sound/ Editor: Yan Chun Su – Associate Producers: Dolma Kyab, Samdruk Gyab, Ghargye Tsering – Translators: Kabzung Gaerrang, Pakpal Gyal, Chokayb Gyal, Tamdin Tso,Tsering Tso, Samdruk Gyab, Gha Shi, Yonten Gyatso – Consulting Editor: Ken Schneider – Consulting Producer: Vivian Kleiman – Editing Consultants: Maureen Gosling, J. Gluckstern – Music: Tamding Tsetsen – Colorist: Rick Gouglar – Re-Recording Mixer: Mike Cramp