{"id":1330876809321,"title":"Drokpa: Nomads of Tibet","handle":"drokpa","description":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003cb style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.collectiveeye.org\/pages\/host-a-screening\" target=\"_blank\" title=\"Community Screenings Form\" style=\"color: #ff0000;\" rel=\"noopener noreferrer\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0133\/2562\/files\/Screening_large.png?13468160472198309702\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDirected by:\u003c\/strong\u003e Yan Chun Su\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReleased:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2018 (educational)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\u003cspan color=\"#444444\" style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eYear of Production:\u003c\/strong\u003e 2016\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRunning Time: \u003c\/strong\u003e79 min + 57 min classroom version\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eFormat: \u003c\/strong\u003eNTSC DVD\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eLanguage: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eEnglish\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eAccessibility: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eIncludes English SDH\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eSubjects: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003eAsian Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\"Recommended\" \u003cem\u003e- Video Librarian\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"padding: 56.25% 0 0 0; position: relative;\"\u003e\u003ciframe src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/video\/81752199?title=0\u0026amp;byline=0\u0026amp;portrait=0\" style=\"position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%;\" frameborder=\"0\" webkitallowfullscreen=\"\" mozallowfullscreen=\"\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e\u003cem\u003e\u003cscript src=\"https:\/\/player.vimeo.com\/api\/player.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #444444;\"\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eSynopsis\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv style=\"float: left;\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSet in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eDrokpa\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e is an intimate portrait of the lives and struggles of Tibetan nomads whose life is on the cusp of irreversible change.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe grasslands of the Tibetan plateau are home to the source of Asia’s major rivers. Nearly half of humanity depends on this water for survival. Tibetan nomads, known as DROKPA have roamed on this land for thousands of years. In recent decades, these once lush grasslands are rapidly turning into deserts.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWith rare access to an extended nomadic family living at the center stage of this drastic and historical change, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eDrokpa\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e reveals the unprecedented environmental and sociopolitical forces that are pushing the Tibetan nomads to the edge of their existence.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRichly 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 and illustrative of the universal issues of gender, freedom, adaptation to a changing climate and the resilience of human spirits.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRECOMMENDED by Video Librarian\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Yan Chun Su’s documentary spans several years in the lives of an extended family of nomads whose traditional occupation—raising yaks and sheep in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, sometimes called the “Roof of the World”—is endangered by environmental change and government pressure. Dhongya, chief herder of the clan, mourns the transformation of much of the once-lush grassland into desert since rainfall has decreased, while new laws restrict the family to a relatively small pasture, making their migratory lifestyle impossible. Following the family as they set up their tents for the season, Su concentrates not merely on the men who oversee the animals, but also the children who play in the fields, and the women who must constantly tend to the housework—including Yithan, who worries about the future of her two sons; Magyuk, whose sons have departed for work elsewhere and whose daughter Asu yearns to abandon the nomadic life; and Tamku, a divorced teenager with a child. \u003cem\u003eDrokpa \u003c\/em\u003epresents an informative and affecting portrait of a tribe whose way of life is being rendered untenable by forces that they barely understand and cannot resist. At the same time, it also underscores an ecological problem with wider ramifications since the plateau where nomads have labored for centuries also serves as the source of water that fills many of Asia’s rivers. Presented in both the full-length version and a 57-minute abridgement, this is recommended. Aud: C, P. (\u003cem\u003eF. Swietek\u003c\/em\u003e)\"\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePress\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Breathtakingly beautiful...\" \u003cem\u003e- Pat Mullen, POV Magazine\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"With balance and equanimity, the narrative fully reveals the complexities of colonialism, patriarchy, and climate change without judgment.\" \u003cem\u003e- DOXA Documentary film Festival \u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Official Selections\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eDOXA Documentary Film Festival, Best Female Directed Fea\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eture Documentary \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eMargaret Mead Film Festival, Margaret Mead Filmmaker Nominat\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eion \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Best of the Fest\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAthens International Film + Video Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBoulder International Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eHuman Rights Film Festival Barcelona \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAnchorage International Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eTrento Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eDOCUTAH International Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eMatsalu Nature Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBuddhist Film Festival Europe \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eTaiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eEnvironmental Film Festival Australia \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eColorado Environmental Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSalt Spring Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eGreen Mountain Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eWorld Film Festival \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eEthnografilm Paris\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eDirector's Statement\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\"I wanted to find a group of people living very close to a visibly changing environment so that in a microcosmic and direct way, we see what the future might be like for us all...” – director, Yan Chun Su\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAbout the Filmmaker\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"textbox\" dir=\"ltr\" style=\"float: left;\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.der.org\/films\/treasure-of-lisu.html\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0133\/2562\/files\/yan-chun-su-pic_medium.jpg?v=1537391940\" style=\"float: left; margin: 5px 15px 5px 5px;\"\u003e\u003c\/a\u003eYan Chun Su is a self-taught documentary filmmaker currently based in Colorado. She was born in China and received her education in both China and the US. After a career in computer science, her interests in traditional cultures and the environment have taken her to work with and live among many indigenous communities around the world. Her first documentary film, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.der.org\/films\/treasure-of-lisu.html\"\u003e\u003cem\u003eTreasure of the Lisu\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e, about an ethnic musician from the foothills of the Himalayas was made under the tutelage of acclaimed documentarian Les Blank. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003eDrokpa\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e, a documentary about Tibetan nomads facing ecological and cultural survival is her first feature-length documentary. 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Nearly half of humanity depends on this water for survival. Tibetan nomads, known as DROKPA have roamed on this land for thousands of years. In recent decades, these once lush grasslands are rapidly turning into deserts.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWith rare access to an extended nomadic family living at the center stage of this drastic and historical change, \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003eDrokpa\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e reveals the unprecedented environmental and sociopolitical forces that are pushing the Tibetan nomads to the edge of their existence.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRichly 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 and illustrative of the universal issues of gender, freedom, adaptation to a changing climate and the resilience of human spirits.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRECOMMENDED by Video Librarian\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"Yan Chun Su’s documentary spans several years in the lives of an extended family of nomads whose traditional occupation—raising yaks and sheep in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, sometimes called the “Roof of the World”—is endangered by environmental change and government pressure. Dhongya, chief herder of the clan, mourns the transformation of much of the once-lush grassland into desert since rainfall has decreased, while new laws restrict the family to a relatively small pasture, making their migratory lifestyle impossible. Following the family as they set up their tents for the season, Su concentrates not merely on the men who oversee the animals, but also the children who play in the fields, and the women who must constantly tend to the housework—including Yithan, who worries about the future of her two sons; Magyuk, whose sons have departed for work elsewhere and whose daughter Asu yearns to abandon the nomadic life; and Tamku, a divorced teenager with a child. \u003cem\u003eDrokpa \u003c\/em\u003epresents an informative and affecting portrait of a tribe whose way of life is being rendered untenable by forces that they barely understand and cannot resist. At the same time, it also underscores an ecological problem with wider ramifications since the plateau where nomads have labored for centuries also serves as the source of water that fills many of Asia’s rivers. Presented in both the full-length version and a 57-minute abridgement, this is recommended. Aud: C, P. (\u003cem\u003eF. 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Drokpa: Nomads of Tibet

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    • Directed by: Yan Chun Su
    • Released: 2018 (educational)
    • Year of Production: 2016
Running Time: 79 min + 57 min classroom version
Format: NTSC DVD
Language: English
Accessibility: Includes English SDH
Subjects: Asian Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies
 
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Synopsis

Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is an intimate portrait of the lives and struggles of Tibetan nomads whose life is on the cusp of irreversible change.

The grasslands of the Tibetan plateau are home to the source of Asia’s major rivers. Nearly half of humanity depends on this water for survival. Tibetan nomads, known as DROKPA have roamed on this land for thousands of years. In recent decades, these once lush grasslands are rapidly turning into deserts.

With rare access to an extended nomadic family living at the center stage of this drastic and historical change, Drokpa reveals the unprecedented environmental and sociopolitical forces that are pushing the Tibetan 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 and illustrative of the universal issues of gender, freedom, adaptation to a changing climate and the resilience of human spirits.

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"Yan Chun Su’s documentary spans several years in the lives of an extended family of nomads whose traditional occupation—raising yaks and sheep in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, sometimes called the “Roof of the World”—is endangered by environmental change and government pressure. Dhongya, chief herder of the clan, mourns the transformation of much of the once-lush grassland into desert since rainfall has decreased, while new laws restrict the family to a relatively small pasture, making their migratory lifestyle impossible. Following the family as they set up their tents for the season, Su concentrates not merely on the men who oversee the animals, but also the children who play in the fields, and the women who must constantly tend to the housework—including Yithan, who worries about the future of her two sons; Magyuk, whose sons have departed for work elsewhere and whose daughter Asu yearns to abandon the nomadic life; and Tamku, a divorced teenager with a child. Drokpa presents an informative and affecting portrait of a tribe whose way of life is being rendered untenable by forces that they barely understand and cannot resist. At the same time, it also underscores an ecological problem with wider ramifications since the plateau where nomads have labored for centuries also serves as the source of water that fills many of Asia’s rivers. Presented in both the full-length version and a 57-minute abridgement, this is recommended. Aud: C, P. (F. Swietek)"

Press

"Breathtakingly beautiful..." - Pat Mullen, POV Magazine

"With balance and equanimity, the narrative fully reveals the complexities of colonialism, patriarchy, and climate change without judgment." - DOXA Documentary film Festival 

Awards & Official Selections

DOXA Documentary Film Festival, Best Female Directed Feature Documentary

Margaret Mead Film Festival, Margaret Mead Filmmaker Nomination

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, Best of the Fest

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

Athens International Film + Video Festival

Boulder International Film Festival

Human Rights Film Festival Barcelona

Anchorage International Film Festival

Trento Film Festival

DOCUTAH International Film Festival

Matsalu Nature Film Festival

Buddhist Film Festival Europe

Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival

Environmental Film Festival Australia

Colorado Environmental Film Festival

Salt Spring Film Festival

Green Mountain Film Festival

World Film Festival

Ethnografilm Paris

Director's Statement

"I wanted to find a group of people living very close to a visibly changing environment so that in a microcosmic and direct way, we see what the future might be like for us all...” – director, Yan Chun Su

About the Filmmaker

Yan Chun Su is a self-taught documentary filmmaker currently based in Colorado. She was born in China and received her education in both China and the US. After a career in computer science, her interests in traditional cultures and the environment have taken her to work with and live among many indigenous communities around the world. Her first documentary film, Treasure of the Lisu, about an ethnic musician from the foothills of the Himalayas was made under the tutelage of acclaimed documentarian Les Blank. Drokpa, a documentary about Tibetan nomads facing ecological and cultural survival is her first feature-length documentary. Filmed at the eastern Tibetan plateau among one extended nomadic family for over four years, Drokpa premiered at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC in October 2016 and it received the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Feature film at the 2017 DOXA Documentary Film Festival.

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