“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

From the inside, in Black and White: Tharlo, A Tibetan shepherd, by Pema Tseden

http://mcphfilmclub.org/inside-black-white-tharlo-tibetan-shepherd-pema-tseden/

Away from the reach of the state, at least in his adult life, Tharlo’s seemingly only link with material modernity is his motorbike and his radio. But a new rule has decreed that all citizens of the People’s Republic of China must possess an identity card, including those living in such remote territories as Amdo (north-eastern Tibet, current Qinghai province).

The state’s edict finally reaches Tharlo, and the film follows him over a period of a few days, caught between two worlds: his familiar, rural, austere environment, where he takes care of three hundred sheep, and an nearby emerging half-Tibetan, half-Chinese town, where he has to go to complete the administrative formality.

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