Friday, February 13, 2009

Sundance Films: Tibet in Song

Title: Tibet in Song
Director: Ngawang Choephel
Potential Major Release Date: No known release date beyond Sundance

Summary: Ngawang Choephel's documentary delves into the determination and fortitude of the Tibetan people to save their cultural identity of music in contemporary Tibet. Calling their centuries-old land "an ocean of music and dance," those who can still relate the meaning of this description fight to not let folklore die in the face of Chinese-sponsored pop culture. Choephel brings the struggle to light and features the beauty of his homeland's song (NetFlix).

Thoughts: I’m a huge fan of the premise behind Call+Response (a documentary that came out late last year) and right now I’m hoping Tibet in Song is cut from the exact same mold. Right now, despite what advocates want to believe, the Tibet issue is stagnant and boring. To be honest, the main stream public doesn’t care and I think even less people are emotionally drawn to help. The issue needs new life and Tibet in Song could provided that needed infusion. I’m skeptical, but hopeful.

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