Drokpa woman sitting by fire near cattle

AsiaLENS: AEMS Documentary and Independent Film Series at the Spurlock Museum: Drokpa: Nomads of Tibet

Drokpa: Nomads of Tibet
Directed by Yan Chun Su.
2016 / 79 minutes

Introduction and post-screening discussion TBD.

Presented as part of International Week.

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. Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is an intimate portrait of the lives and struggles of an extended family of Tibetan nomads whose life in on the cusp of irreversible change as once lush grasslands are rapidly turning into deserts, revealing the unprecedented environmental and sociopolitical forces that are pushing the Tibetan nomads to the edge of their existence.

AsiaLENS Film Series

AsiaLENS is a film screening and discussion series offering campus and community audiences an opportunity to view documentary and independent film on issues reflecting contemporary life in Asia.


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