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Title Summer pasture
Published [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 176 min.) : digital, .flv file, sound
Summary Filmed in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet, Summer pasture offers an intimate glimpse into the life of a young nomad couple and their infant daughter. Locho and his wife Yama live in Dzachukha, eastern Tibet - nicknamed '5-most' by the Chinese for being the highest, coldest, poorest, largest, and most remote county in Sichuan Province. They depend on their herd of yaks for survival, much as their ancestors have for generations. In recent years however, Dzachukha has undergone rapid development, and Locho and Yama are finding their traditional way of life increasingly more difficult to maintain. Summer pasture evolves as a patient exploration of Locho and Yama's personalities, relationship, and the changes taking place around them. Over its course we witness their travails with illness, infidelity, and the dissolution of their community. In the face of mounting challenges, Locho and Yama ultimately reveal the personal sacrifice they will make to ensure their daughter's future. With rare access to a highly insular community, Summer pasture is at once a deeply personal account of a vanishing way of life and a universal story of family survival. Film Festivals, Screenings, Awards Winner, Grand Prix Nanook, Jean Rouch International Film Festival, France, 2011 Winner, Jury Award for Visual Achievement, San Francisco Int'l Asian American Film Festival, 2011 Winner, Silver Apricot, Yerevan International Film Festival, Armenia, 2011 Winner, John Schlesinger Award, Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival, Palm Springs, CA, 2011 Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Trento Film Festival, Italy, 2011 Special Jury Commendation, RAI Award, RAI Int'l Festival of Ethnographic Film, England, 2011 Nominee, "Truer Than Fiction," Film Independent Spirit Awards, Los Angeles, CA, 2011 Winner, Best Feature, BANFF Mountian Film Festival, Canada, 2010 Nominee, "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You," IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards, 2010 Honorable Mention, Inspiration Award, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham, NC, 2010 Winner, Grand Prix, Autrans International Mountain Film Festival, France, 2011 Winner, Grand Jury Prize, Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, Nepal, 2011 Winner, Mountain Life Award, Tegernsee International Mountain Film Festival, Germany, 2011 Winner, Mountain Life Award, Cervino Cinemountain Film Festival, Italy, 2011
Notes Title from title frames
Event Originally produced by Documentary Educational Resources in 2010
Notes Mode of access: World Wide Web
Subject Manners and customs.
Nomads -- China -- Sichuan Sheng.
Nomads -- China -- Changdu Diqu.
Families -- China -- Sichuan Sheng.
Families -- China -- Changdu Diqu.
Genre/Form Documentary films.
Video recordings.
Form Streaming video
Author Walker, Nelson, director
Perlo, Tsering, director
True, Lynn, director
Kanopy (Firm)