The ’Tea Horse Route’ is the highest and most perilous of China’s ancient trading routes, originating in western Yunnan, ascending the Tibetan plateau, winding through the edges of the Himalayas into Nepal and Bhutan and leading into India. Tea was carried along this route by pack-mules for more than two millennia, and mule-packers still negotiate the narrow dirt-tracks and impossible mountain passes - nowadays, though, carrying construction materials for the coming road which is going to obliterate traditional ways of life in the region. Armed with High-Definition cameras, Tian Zhuangzhuang sets out to document the Chinese-Tibetan origins of this route. The images of the region’s topography are as spectacular as you’d expect from the director of Horse Thief - snowy crags, verdant river valleys, remote villages - but Tian is, of course, more interested in the people than the place. He pauses to record interviews with those he meets along the way: a Christian pastor from the Lisu tribe, a 104-year-old woman who’s outliving her own bad memories, a young, bigamous Tibetan, and the owner of Delamu, a hardy mule whose name means ’Angel of Peace’ in Tibetan. Fascinating beyond words.
Home > 3 - Les Archives du festival > Les films par année > 2006
Tea Horse Route
(Titre chinois : Cha ma gu dao xi lie)
Sunday 5 March 2006
|Directed by||Tian Zhuangzhuang|
|Written by||Tian Zhuangzhuang|
|Year of||Production 2004|
|Running||Time 110 minutes|
Tony Rayns from London Film Festival - Archive 2004
Home | Contact | Site Map | Log in | Site statistics | Visitors : 1607 / 487271
en 3 - Les Archives du festival Les films par année 2006 ?
Site powered by SPIP 3.1.3 + AHUNTSIC