Director "Zhu Rikun" Statement
This is not merely a biography of a Tibetan writer. It is also an inquiry into the system, the extent of government control, the role of the individual, and the definition of freedom under the environment of communist China.
The focal point of the film is to discuss how the Party-state, through its own way, shapes an individual to be a screw of a huge political machine and works exactly as expected. The Party-state controls its people in both a soft and hard manner. On the one hand, it trains and shapes the individual according to its political system. If requirements cannot be met, the individual will be expelled from the system. On the other hand, it lures and erodes the individual with benefits such as salaries and titles.
However, the Party-state is not an all-powerful God and can sometimes lose effect or even direction. As a result, an individual can often have split character in such a system, and this is a nation-wide phenomenon. Most people would surrender to the system, and submission and lying have become a common character and conspiracy of most people. In front of totalitarianism, an individual’s independence and dignity often give way to survival. Every a struggling soul freed from such a system is battered.
Although seemingly out of the cage, the freedom enjoyed by these individuals is still limited and doubtful. Visible control becomes unseen. Big brother is still there. He is still ubiquitously watching over you.
Director "Dodo Hunziker" Statment
The struggle for freedom and selfdetermination is an age-old struggle. A struggle fought so often by the most violent means – as is very much in evidence around the world today. This is not the case, however, in the on-going conflict between Tibet and China. The Tibetans invoke the principle of nonviolence. They try to live accordingly, even though the past 60 years have seen small but repeated outbreaks of violence.
However, more recent years have seen a new form of Tibetan protest which has shocked and appalled me – the act of self-immolation. Through my close contacts with Loten Namling, I have sensed the depth of desperation and helplessness behind each and every self-immolation. The pictures prey upon my mind. The world's media, however, has other priorities. So too do many western politicians. They prefer to come to terms with China. My film is intended to make a stand against this convenient "arrangement".
I hope that "Tibetan Warrior" – through the big screen, television and the Internet – will contribute to the self-determination debate. My film cannot change the world. But it can encourage and inspire discussion, and initiate attitudes to conflicts – whether in day today life or existential situations. In making this film, it has been my intention to address a public not directly concerned with Tibet and its problems. I am therefore convinced that Loten's story will have universal appeal.
About Diector "Miguel Cano"
Miguel Angel Cano in the summer of 2010 spent three months in Piura (Peru) working in a local NGO where he wrote, directed and co-produced two social documentaries about a local NGO’s mission. The first eight months of 2011 he worked in an organization in Split (Croatia), where he was conducting workshops and was involved in a documentary project about the role of mothers during the War of Yugoslavia. Meanwhile, he wrote, filmed, directed and produced three video clips for a promising pop-rock band national, La Nave del Coco. He continued working with the same band and on December 23, 2011, as an event presenting their new album in the Auditorium of Huercal-Overa, it was screened the show-movie "The Vagamundo, The Movie". A total of forty-eight videos were reproduced on a big screen behind the band while interpreting the songs from their new album. He then moved to Toronto (Canada) where he worked on some documentary projects. He also wrote, directed and produced music videos for bands in cooperation with Neruda Productions (Kitchener), including "Soneto V", winner of an international video contest. Later he spent ten months in Indonesia, where he cooperated with an NGO and wrote, filmed, directed and produced two social documentaries features, including “Hapan Project: Carlos, the Messenger of Hope” . He continued his journey in Asia as photographer and Artistic Director of Peace Revolution Organization, and creator of the "I Meditation Artistic Retreat", project he directed and conducted in Thailand. Finally, he spent a month traveling, filming and photographing through the most remote areas of the Tibetan region located in current Chinese province of Sichuan. This work has already been published as an article and photo-essay in various international media. Now from it comes his latest documentary film, "Still Tibet".
About Director " Michael Buckley"
Michael Buckley is a Canadian adventure travel writer, documentary filmmaker, and environmentalist. He has traveled widely in Tibet and the Himalayas, visiting many Tibetan enclaves. Buckley specializes in the Himalayan and Southeast Asian regions.
Currently, he divides his time between Canada and Asia. Buckley is author of a number of books about Tibet, including Eccentric Explorers (winner of biography category, National Indie Excellence Awards, USA); Heartlands: Travels in the Tibetan World (winner, Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Award, USA); Shangri-La: A Travel Guide to the Himalayan Dream; and Tibet: The Bradt Travel Guide. Visit the author’s book website at www.Himmies.com/.
Buckley is also a filmmaker of several short documentaries about environmental issues in Tibet: Meltdown in Tibet, about megadams; From Nomad to Nobody, about vanishing grasslands and disappearing nomad culture; and Plundering Tibet, about mining in Tibet. For more details, go to www. WildYakFilms.com/. You can visit the author’s Facebook page concerning environmental issues in Tibet at www.facebook.com/MeltdowninTibet/.
About Director "Eric Valli"
"The idea for the film came from the epic life of two of my best Tibetan friends. Both of them live in the Dolpo region, one of the highest, most isolated areas, deep in the Nepalese Himalayas. Protected by political and geographical barriers the Dolpo, a truly hidden country, guards the heart of untouched Tibet.
This film is a sort of western - a Tibetan western - a universal and timeless saga that tells the story of power, pride and glory that might have taken place, just as well, in the seas of Japan, in the Normandy plains or deep in the heart of Texas.
I have chosen not to speak about politics. Other directors, other writers have done it. I only wanted to show the life of these countrymen, their weaknesses, their beauty, their humanity. Norbou, my friend the painter says: "We had to make this film, as a testimony, before tradition melts away and vanishes just as the snow does under the sun".
Eric Valli, Director.
Eric Valli is also a photographer and an author. He has been living in Nepal since 1983 and his first journey through Dolpo (north west of Nepal) dates back to this period. He wrote several books about this country before shooting HIMALAYA in 1997/ 1998.
THE HONEY HUNTERS OF NEPAL (1989) Co-produced by Eric Valli, Diane Summers, Alain Majani, with Antenne 2 and National Geographic Explorer. It won the International Documentaries Association Prize, First Prize in the Monte Carlo, Chicago and La Plagne Film Festivals.
SHADOW HUNTERS (1990) Co-produced by Eric Valli and Alain Majani with Antenne 2 and National Geographic Explorer. It was nominated for an International Emmy Award¨ - New York 1991, Academy Award¨ nominated for Best Documentary Ð Los Angeles 1992.