Focusing on a young nomadic couple living with their infant daughter in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet, Summer Pasture is remarkable as much for what it doesn’t show as for what it does. Eschewing the trap of fawning, false nostalgia so often found in such ethnographic approaches, the film investigates the unvarnished particularities—social, cultural—of a family attempting to navigate self-subsistent living in a changing economic situation. And, still, the film captures the intense beauty of an area renowned for its natural wonder. For every choice that may seem familiar to a western audience, there remains a difference that the film treats with respect. Filmed during the summer of 2007 with rare access to an area seldom visited by outsiders, Summer Pasture offers an unprecedented window into a highly insular community and a sensitive portrait of a family at a time of great transition. Showtimes: 2:30, 4:30, 6:30, 8:30 pm.
Added by cinesoul on January 11, 2012