East Asian Film Series: Tharlo (Pema Tseden, 2015)

Tharlo (2015) by renowned Tibetan filmmaker, Pema Tseden, explores the conflicts between modern and traditional Tibetan life against the backdrop of Chinese state rule. It features a goatherd who lives a simple life until he is sent to the city to apply for a government ID card. The film conveys a sense of the Tibetan nation as torn between a Chinese-inflected past and uncertain future. As one of fifty-five officially recognized minorities in China, Tibetans pose a potent threat to Chinese nationalism through their connection to the Tibetan government in exile under the Dali Lama and international support for Tibetan independence. Tseden skillfully evokes this tension through powerful allegory, astute use of sound, and masterful cinematography.

This film showing is part of IU Themester

Monday September 11, 2017 07:00 PM
Monday September 11, 2017 09:00 PM
IU Cinema
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