Machik x Eaton House Tibetan Film Series: Valley of the Heroes

A unique documentary that portrays the extraordinary efforts by a remote community in Tibet to preserve their language and culture.


The Valley of the Heroes by Khashem Gyal tells the story of an extraordinary effort to preserve Tibetan language in Hualong County in Amdo, Tibet. Over the past several decades, the Tibetans living there have experienced rapid cultural changes and marginalization. The film spends time with village residents and elders, as they reflect on the cultural and linguistic changes taking place in their community. It also documents a unique Tibetan language program attempting to revitalize the language heritage. As a rare insider account of the situation on the ground, The Valley of the Heroes is both a warning call and flicker of hope for the future of Tibet.

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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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Filmmaker's Bio

"Khashem Gyal graduated from Qinghai Nationalities University with a major in Tibetan Literature. He is a key member of the Plateau Photographers and founder of the Amilolo Film Group, dedicated to educating young Tibetans about digital video production and encouraging a new generation of Tibetan filmmakers. Khashem Gyal has directed numerous short films about Tibetan life and culture. Valley of the Heroes is his first full-length documentary film."- Kham Film Project

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Machik is a nonprofit organization working to develop new opportunities for education, capacity building and innovation in Tibet. Learn more at or contact us directly at 202.536.4858.