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  • Summary: We work in Kham, the easternmost of the three traditional Tibetan provinces. Its rugged landscape spans the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan, Qinghai, and the Tibetan Autonomous Region. Most of the Tibetans who live here are farmers and nomads, and are tied to a predominantly subsistence economy. Our current projects are focused on various communities in the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. (Kham Film Project)
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  1. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Sep 15, 2011
    80
    Summer Pasture has an earthy intimacy and compassion for its subjects that will have you thinking about their plight long after they've packed up and moved on for winter.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Aug 10, 2011
    80
    A remarkably intimate documentary woven out of tradition and change, and the endearing subjects who contend with both.
  3. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Aug 15, 2011
    80
    For all the hardship they endure, this intimate dual portrait, directed by Lynn True and Nelson Walker, with Tsering Perlo, suggests that their lives are neither more nor less fulfilled than those of any highly stressed upper-middle-class Americans.
  4. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Aug 16, 2011
    75
    The faces of the culture - a group of nomadic Tibetans who raise yak and harvest caterpillar dung from ramshackle tents in the Chinese mountains - resist all but the most vague of ecological or political calls-to-action.
  5. Reviewed by: Benjamin Mercer
    Aug 9, 2011
    70
    Summer Pasture is remarkable not merely for documenting the disappearing way of life, but for registering the depth of Yama and Locho's uncertainty about moving on from it.
  6. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Aug 16, 2011
    60
    The subjects - a husband and wife struggling to make ends meet, mostly for the well-being of their infant daughter - are eminently engaging.
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  1. Aug 22, 2011
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The success of a documentary so often hinges on the choice of subjects as much as the topic, and directors Lynn True and Nelson Walker hit the jackpot with Yama, Locho and their unnamed infant daughter. While the baby girl provides the kind of chubby-cheeked adorableness to melt even the coldest heart, her parents are charming and honest characters that make yak herding in the remote sprawling steppe of China feel utterly relatable. Expand