- Pema Tseden
- Lochey, Drolma Kyab, Tamdrin Tso
Learning of the high price Tibetan mastiffs fetch on the urban market, a young Tibetan man sells the family dog without his sheepherder father’s approval. As his father seeks to retrieve the beloved dog and prevent him from being stolen and sold again, the film explores the changing dynamics between father and son, as well as between rural and urban culture. While Tseden “refrains from offering any closeups, so almost all the action unfolds at a distance from the camera… what the lensing loses in intimacy it gains in sweep and scope, so that the spectacular mountain landscape and the filthy, cruddy-looking township virtually become characters in their own right.” (Variety) Winner of the Golden DV Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.
Pema Tseden was born in 1969 in Amdo, the Tibetan region (Qinghai province). He is a member of the Chinese Film Directors’ Association, Chinese Filmmakers’ Association and Chinese Film Literature Association. He studied in the Northwest University for Nationalities, Beijing Film Academy and Lu Xun College respectively. He has earned a Master’s Degree in Literature and Arts. Since 1991, Pema Tseden has published more than 50 short and medium-length novels both in Tibetan and Chinese. Some of his works have been translated into English, French and German among other languages. Some of them won the Tibetan literature prize Drang-char (sbrang-char) and the Rookie award for Chinese Contemporary Ethnic Literature. In 2002, Pema Tseden began his film career. His feature films are The Grassland (2004), The Silent Holy Stones (2005), The Search (2009) and Old Dog (2010). His films have won numerous awards.
Cosponsored with the Dept. of Anthropology, the East Asia Program, the South Asia program, and the American Indian program.