Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 7pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, IL
Drokpa: Nomads of Tibet
Directed by Yan Chun Su. 2016. 79 minutes.
Post-screening discussion with Hilary Brady Morris,
PhD Candidate, Musicology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Presented as part of International Week.
The grasslands of the Tibetan plateau are home to the source of Asia’s major rivers. Nearly half of humanity depends on this water for survival. Tibetan nomads, known as DROKPA have roamed on this land for thousands of years. Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is an intimate portrait of the lives and struggles of an extended family of Tibetan nomads whose life in on the cusp of irreversible change as once lush grasslands are rapidly turning into deserts, revealing the unprecedented environmental and sociopolitical forces that are pushing the Tibetan nomads to the edge of their existence.