Barley Fields on the other side of the Mountain
Tian Tsering, Bhuyang (producer) | 2017 | India | 115’ | Tibetan with English Subtitles
Pema lives in a secluded village in Tibet and supports her family with field work and housework. When her father is imprisoned for political activities, her seemingly intact world gets out of balance for the first time. She finds comfort with the nun Choeden of the same age. She familiarizes Pema not only with her father’s political work, but also with the idea of a better life in India.
The film shows the immediate reality of life and the inner conflict of the 16-year-old protagonist. The camera (Jigmet Wangchuk) seldom moves until not at all, which gives the spectator an observant view and free space for own interpretation is permitted. The instrumentation consists exclusively of about amateur actors. Some of them, including the protagonist, have similar fates have been experienced. But it is also a political film, without any concrete to be political; history inevitably reminds of the true event of the 17-year-old nun Kelsang Namtso, who was born in 2006 during her He was shot dead by the Chinese police at the border after an attempted escape.
Tian Tsering, director and co-author, grew up in China, is studying at the London Film School Cinematography. During the shooting in Spiti Valley in weeks were completed, it took some time because of the expensive Preparations seven years, until his first feature film was finished. To the question whether he feared discrimination by the Chinese authorities, he replied that he didn’t care. He said that he had used the film for his family. made