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Amchi

Synopsis
For centuries the only medical system accessible to people in Ladakh was the Amchi, the traditional doctor following ‘Sowa Rigpa’, Tibetan medicine. 84% of Ladakh’s population lives in villages and rural areas in the mountains which are difficult to reach. There are no hospitals or clinics.

We follow amchi Karma Chodon on a journey into the wilderness of the Himalayas where she will meet her students for the last time. Although she has passed on the traditional knowledge to the next generation, the film questions the future of the Amchi tradition which is threatened with extinction.

Although made in difficult circumstances, this is a unique documentary of a way of life which may soon disappear.
Language
Tibetan
Country
India; Turkey
Year of release
2013
Notes
English subtitles
Subjects
Anthropology
Keywords
Tibet; traditional medicine; visual anthropology

Online availability

URI
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/amchi
Price
$4.68(Rental); $46.80(Purchase)
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Credits

Director
Eda Elif Tibet

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£39.00
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
65 minutes
Year
2014

Distributor

Name

Concord Media

Email
sales@concordmedia.org.uk
Web
http://www.concordmedia.org.uk/ External site opens in new window
Phone
01473 726 012
Address
Rosehill Centre
22 Hines Road
Ipswich
IP3 9BG
Notes
A long-established, not-for-profit organisation with a large collection DVDs, specialising in the sectors of general and mental health, child care, race relations, war and peace, addictions, the third world, ecology, civil rights, personal relationships, educational issues, and social work training. Concord also handles titles made for the Graves Medical Audio-visual Library. Sale on DVD. Formerly known as Concord Video and Film Council. In 2014 Concord began to offer selected films as Video on Demand, via Vimeo.

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