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From Nomad to Nobody

Meltdown in Tibet


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from Nomad to Nobody

Film
Film
Language: 
English
Production country: 
Canada
Running time (In minutes): 
15 minutes + also 55 minutes
Theme: 
Documentary
Category/Format: 
Documentaries
Student film: 
No
Production year: 
September, 2011
Film Credits
About the Director: 

has a background in journalism.
Director of another short film about Tibet, called Meltdown in Tibet.

Film director: 
Michael Buckley
Producer: 
Petr Sevcik
About the Producer: 
Has a background in audio production and editing as well as multi-media studies.
Screenplay: 
Michael Buckley
Editing: 
Michael Buckley
Film photographer: 
Michael Buckley
Sound: 
Michael Buckley, Petr Sevcik
Film synopsis: 
Storyline: from Nomad to Nobody Motivated by previous travels to Tibet, the narrator sets off on a personal quest, focusing on the fast-disappearing Tibetan nomad culture. Why are the nomads being forcibly relocated by Chinese officials? Why are they are being shifted off their traditional grazing lands into concrete ghettos? In these settlement camps, nomads are marginalised and have little chance of making a decent living, or finding a new profession. Previously, when grazing yaks, they were self-sufficient and lived in an entirely sustainable way. Now, they are unemployed, and dependent on the Chinese government for hand-outs—and for food. Between 1995 and 2015, official Chinese policy has targeted the removal of more than two million Tibetan nomads from their land for settlement. In an era where sustainability is the mantra, Chinese policy makes no sense. This re-settlement policy is designed to wipe out nomad culture and its strong connections to traditional Tibetan values. Nomads are the stewards of the vast grasslands of Tibet—they have been grazing these lands with their yaks for close on 4,000 years. Without the nomads, the grasslands (already affected by climate change) will further deteriorate and turn into desert. This could have global impact, as these grasslands constitute an important carbon sink. What are the motives behind China's forcible settlement of Tibetan nomads on such a huge scale? Why are Chinese mining and dam-building companies moving into the same grassland regions? What happens to nomads after shifting to a semi-urban environment? What happens if they try to mount protests? What does the future hold for the vast grasslands of Tibet? These are questions the documentary sets out to explore, in this personal take on the plight of Tibetan nomads.
Technical infos
Technical infos
Original Film Format: 
HD
Format Ratio: 
16:9
Film Sound: 
Dolby A
Video master available ?: 
No
Video Type: 
HD 16:9
Festival Selection, Awards...
Festival selection, awards or citation already received and other comments... :
Already selected in a Festival?: 
Yes
Festival selections: 

Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, USA
Poppy Jasper Short Film Festival, USA

Film distribution
Theatre: 
Open
TV: 
Open
Video: 
Open
Internet: 
Open
Publicity Infos
Trailer availble: 
yes
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