HIGH TRAIN TO TIBET
Tibet. China. Nomads. Megastructures. Indigenous cultures. Melting permafrost. Train engineering. Climate change. Social changes. Tibetan cultures. Tibetan monks and monasteries. History. Colonialism. International affairs.
High Train to Tibet
A film by Patrick Morell
A Golden Rabbit Films LLC Production
HD. Color, 90 minutes, 2014
with English subtitles
Opening in July 2006, the final segment of the highest train in the world, from Beijing to Lhasa is a technical feat. But is it not also a threat to the survival of the cultural and religious identity of Tibet?
For thousands of years the indigenous people of the Tibetan Plateau lived in relative isolation, surviving as a devout nomadic agrarian society, following the teachings of the Dalai Lamas, including the current one.
In 2006 the railway was completed. It opened the region to a wave of Chinese immigrants traveling from Beijing to Lhasa and to the Tibetan Autonomous Region. What does this train mean for the survival of the culture of the Tibetan people? How does it impact the lives of Tibetan Nomads?
These are the questions explored in the High Train to Tibet film – an epic and exciting look at one of humanity’s most ancient and heroic people.
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