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25th October 2022

Certificate 12A / Pema Tseden | Tibet | 2019 | 102 minutes | Chinese, Tibetan with English Subtitles

Using mainly untrained actors, writer/director Tseden explores the collision between modernity and tradition in 1980s Tibet as the necessity of family planning conflicts with indigenous culture and threatens relationships. A gentle film, impeccably respectful and often lightened with comic details, such as sheep being transported on motorbikes. JD Winner, Best screenplay, Chicago 2019 plus many awards in Asia

"Both a gorgeously intimate family drama and an idiosyncratic artistic statement flecked with humor and sorrow, but alive always to the co-existence of the banal with the spiritual." Jessica Kiang, Variety

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