DROKPA ~ A TRIBUTE TO THE LAST OF THE TIBETAN NOMADS
Directed by YAN CHUN SU
YAN CHUN SU
TIBETAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
ABOUT THE FILM
This elegaic film follows the Tibetan nomads known as Dropka in what appears to be the closing years of their traditional existence. They are no longer free to roam; the Chinese government restricts them to allotments, and environmental changes are causing sand to encroach, destroying the grazing areas they depend on and threatening the water supply of hundreds of millions of Chinese. Haunting music and minimalist commentary accompany the visual record of their lifestyle, with its beauty, effort, and sometimes mysterious activities. Although they travel by tractor now, instead of yak, the Dropka are not willing to give up what they value.