Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Tsering Perlo / USA, Tibet / 2010 / 85 min / Tibetan with English subtitles / color / digital


Nominee, 2010 Independent Spirit Awards

Gorgeously filmed on the high plains of eastern Tibet over the course of one summer, SUMMER PASTURE intimately follows a Tibetan yak herding family: Locho the father, Yama the mother and their chubby 5-month-old baby girl who happily nestles in a fur-lined box through the entire film. As nomads, Locho and Yama pursue a way of life that has changed little over 4,000 years. Yet this way of living proves endlessly challenging: severe weather changes, chronic illnesses difficult to treat, runaway yaks, and long hours each day making butter and collecting yak dung for fuel. Filmmaking trio Lynn True, Nelson Walker and Tsering Perlo find the family at a pivotal period of uncertainty as rigid government policies and the allure of modern life in the city threaten to reshape their existence.

Despite that much of the film is about the hardships of living a traditional lifestyle, SUMMER PASTURE is enthralling filmmaking and provides a thickening plot full of twists and surprises. Locho and Yama intimately reveal their love story and how their family came to be. Its sometimes heart-breaking story makes the couple irresistibly relatable even though their lives are so completely foreign. The film suggests that like many other nomadic families, Locho and Yama might succumb to the encroaching Chinese development forcing them to leave the austere land, but with all the dangers and stresses they’ve already endured, one may wonder why the couple hasn’t left already. Beautiful and poignant SUMMER PASTURE captures a dying way of life in the highest, coldest, poorest and most remote county in Sichuan Province, China. – Mye Hoang

Sponsored by: San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts
Co-presented by: Asian cultural Festival of San Diego, City College World Cultures Program


  • Director: Lynn True, Nelson Walker, Tsering Perlo
  • Cinematographer: Nelson Walker
  • Editor: Lynn True


October 21, 2011 5:35 pm
Mission Valley UltraStar Cinemas

October 27, 2011 7:30 pm
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