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Saltmen of Tibet, The

Synopsis
Shot under extreme conditions, this film documents the ancient traditions and day-to-day rituals of a Tibetan nomadic community. Filmmaker Ulrike Koch reveals a realm untainted by the tides of foreign invasion or encroaching modernity. Observing age-old taboos and steadfast homage to the deities of nature, four men meticulously plan their gruelling three-month yak caravan to fetch "the tears of Tara," the precious salt from the holy lakes of northern Tibet. The film is a collage of image and soun, a tribute to the purity of a landscape, people and tradition facing extinction.
Country
Switzerland; Germany
Year of release
1998
Year of production
1997
Subjects
Anthropology; Geography
Keywords
nomadic communities; Tibet

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 1
Price
$29.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
109 minutes
Year
2003

Type
VHS
Format
NTSC
Price
$29.99
Duration/Size
109 minutes
Year
2003

Production Company

Name

Catpics Coproductions, Zurich

Name

Duran Film, Berlin

Distributor

Name

Zeitgeist Films

Email
clemence@zeitgeistfilms.com
Web
http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/ External site opens in new window
Phone
+1 212 274 1989
Fax
+1 212 274 1644
Address
247 Centre Street, 2nd Floor
New York
NY 10013
USA

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