Machik x Eaton House Tibetan Film Series: Summer Pasture

Compelling documentary features Tibetan woman pastoralist & her family's challenges on world's highest grasslands, followed by discussion.


Peabody Award winning director Nelson Walker will join us in person.

Directors Tsering Perlo, Lynn True, Nelson Walker

Duration: 85 min

Genre: Documentary, Biography, Drama, Family

Languages: Tibetan, English subtitles


Summer Pasture is a feature-length documentary that chronicles one summer with a young nomad family living in the high grasslands of eastern Tibet. Locho, his wife Yama, and their infant daughter survive in the mountains by herding yak, much as their ancestors have for generations. In recent years, however, nomadic life has become increasingly difficult and now many nomads are settling in town. Soon, Locho and Yama will face the same predicament, when they must choose whether to raise their daughter in the pasture or send her to school -- a decision that will have deep implications for their future as nomads. - Kham Film Project

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Machik x Eaton House Tibetan Film Series

Machik and Eaton House are pleased to present a series of six films made by and about people in Tibet. The year-long film series is a platform to spotlight the power of storytelling by filmmakers in Tibet today. It is also an opportunity to go deeper into the contemporary Tibetan experience and gain insight into the complexity of Tibet's land and people. The series includes both feature and documentary films, all in Tibetan language with English subtitles. All films will be screened at Eaton House. Films are free and donations are welcome.

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Filmmakers' Bios

Director: Tsering Perlo

Tsering Perlo founded Rabsal, a Tibetan NGO that engages Tibetans in filmmaking to preserve and regenerate Tibetan culture and customs. He lives in the Tibetan county of Dzachukha and graduated from the Sichuan Province Tibetan School (SPTI). Perlo has worked with numerous organizations and the University of Virginia. Perlo is the first recipient of the Machik Fellowship, a program designed to support dynamic Tibetan change-makers working to strengthen their communities and environments in Tibet.

Producer/Director: Lynn True

Lynn True is a New York-based filmmaker. After growing up transnationally in South Korea, India, Hopi reservation in Arizona and Oregon, Lynn and her family settled in New York City. She received a degree from Brown University and began her film career as an assistant editor at NBC News and PBS. She has since gone on to make independent films including iThemba|Hope (Sundance Channel, 2005), about an HIV+ choir from South Africa; and LUMO (Student Academy Award winner, PBS's POV, 2007), a documentary that intimately follows a young woman in the Democratic Republic of Congo and her process of recovery after being violently raped. She is also an independent curator at New York's Maysles Cinema in Harlem where she and Nelson Walker are co-founders and directors of the Tibet in Harlem and Congo in Harlem film festivals.

Producer/Director: Nelson Walker

Nelson Walker began his career working on documentaries for Discovery Channel, History Channel, and PBS's NOVA. His directorial debut, iThemba|Hope– a documentary about an HIV+ choir from South Africa – aired on Sundance Channel in 2005. Nelson has worked extensively in Tibet, as a visiting instructor at Tibet University in Lhasa and contributor to the Tibetan & Himalayan Library. His film LUMO – about a young Congolese woman recovering from a traumatic fistula – won a Student Academy Award, the President's Award at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, and aired nationally on PBS's POV series in 2007. Nelson holds a B.A. from Brown University and an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University.


6:30 PM

Doors Open

7:00 PM

Screening Begins

8:30 PM

Post-screening Discussion & Refreshments