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Summer Pasture

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by Lynn True, Nelson Walker, and Tsering Perlo
2-DVD set, color, 86 min with 93 minutes of extras, 2010
English, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish subtitles

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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.

“…enthralling” New York Times
“remarkably intimate…” Variety
“austerely beautiful…” New York Magazine
Summer Pasture is beautiful and important. For me, the best documentary of 2010.” — Albert Maysles, Filmmaker, Grey Gardens, Salesman, Gimme Shelter

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
Ashland Independent Film Festival, Ashland, OR, 2011
Camden International Film Festival, Camden, ME, 2010
DocAviv Film Festival, Israel, 2011
Dok Leipzig, Germany, 2010
Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland, 2010
Maysles Cinema, New York, NY, 2010
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, 2010
Tokyo International Film Festival, Japan, 2010
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TV Broadcasts
PBS/Independent Lens, U.S., 2012
Arte, France, 2011-2012
ARD, Germany, 2011-2012
SVT, Sweden, 2012

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