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Beyond the Numbers: A Human Perspective on Tibet’s Self-immolation + From Nomad to Nobody

Beyond the Numbers: A Human Perspective on Tibet’s Self-immolation + From Nomad to Nobody

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(Beyond the Numbers: A Human Perspective on Tibet’s Self-immolation + From Nomad to Nobody) Director: Katie Lin, Michael Buckley, IND - CDN, 2012, English version / Czech subtitles, 81 min

Beyond the Numbers: A Human Perspective on Tibet’s Self-immolation

Katie Lin / IND - CDN, 2012 English version / Czech subtitles, 26 min

Tibetans have been engaged in a protracted non-violent struggle for freedom since China's occupation of the region in 1949. On February 27 2009, their protests took on a new shape when a young monk lit himself on fire. Since then, more than 90 Tibetans from all walks of life have burned themselves in protest against cultural and religious repression. But beyond the numbers, Tibet's self-immolators were also people - someone's daughter, nephew, cousin. Through some of their friends and relatives, they are remembered and their extreme actions contextualized.

From Nomad to Nobody

Michael Buckley / CDN, 2011 English version / Czech subtitles, 55 min

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.


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