Q&A with Tibetan Writer and Cineast Pema Tseden

By Bruce Humes, published

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In this interview, Pema Tseden --- who writes in both Tibetan and Chinese, and is the first director to shoot a major film entirely in Tibetan --- calls for wider distribution of films that focus on China's ethnic minorites.

"Art film enriches film culture and creativity. If we don’t support it, we’ll only see movies of the same type. A vicious circle will form, wherein audiences think this is what movies are like and cinemas think audiences only accept a certain kind of movie. Ultimately, that will harm the whole industry — creators won’t persist if the market is always like this."


# 1.   

I wish I could find some place that streams his movies, I've been looking for them.

Anna G Chen, December 13, 2020, 2:40p.m.

# 2.   

As far as I know, it is not possible to watch this movies online. ICARUS Films distributes the dvd with English subtitles of Old Dog, Tharlo, Tharlo and Jinpa (check for instance http://icarusfilms.com/df-jinpa and then you can navigate). Others are, as far as I know, not available.

Françoise Robin, December 14, 2020, 2:47p.m.

# 3.   

Thank you, Françoise!

Anna GC, December 18, 2020, 7:37p.m.

# 4.   

The novel upon which his latest film, Balloon is based, is now available in Chinese at Amazon.com outside China:

气球萬瑪才旦 著作

Bruce Humes, December 19, 2020, 5:28a.m.


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