Washington, D.C. Premiere In recent years, growing pressures from the outside world have posed unprecedented challenges for Tibetan nomads. Summer Pasture is a feature-length documentary that chronicles one summer with a young family during a period of great uncertainty. Locho, his wife Yama, and their infant daughter, nicknamed Jiatomah (“pale chubby girl”), spend the summer months in eastern Tibet’s Zachukha grasslands, an area known as Wu-Zui or “5-Most,” the highest, coldest, poorest, largest and most remote county in Sichuan Province, China. The story of a family at a crossroads, the film takes place at a critical time in Locho and Yama’s lives, as they question their future as nomads. With their pastoral traditions confronting rapid modernization, they must reconcile the challenges that threaten to drastically reshape their existence. Directed and produced by Lynn True and Nelson Walker.
Welcome by Francene Blythe, Director, All Roads Film Project, National Geographic Society. Introduced by filmmakers Lynn True and Nelson Walker. Discussion with the filmmakers follows screening, moderated by Losang Rabgey, Executive Director, Machik.