Valley of the Heroes
Khashem Gyal, Tibet 2013, 53 min., Tibetan/Chinese with English subtitles, DCP
Omyer Lassu, Tenzin Jamphel, India 2021, 13 min., Tibetan with English subtitles, DCP
Kalsang Jigme, India, 2017, 15 min., Tibetan with English subtitles, DCP
Valley of the Heroes offers a rare glimpse at a pivotal moment of cultural and linguistic transition among Tibetans Muslims in Hualong County, a remote community in Amdo (Tibet), part of what is now eastern Qinghai Province in the People’s Republic of China. Over the past several decades, Tibetans living in Hualong have experienced rapid cultural shifts accelerated by language loss. The film spends time with village residents and elders who reflect on the changes taking place in their community. The feature screens alongside two shorts which add to the topic of Tibetan Muslims and their lives.
Omyer Lassu Omyer is an independent filmmaker and writer based out of Ladakh. Durmig is his first short film and was screened at Dharamshala International Film Festival (2021). He has been an alumna of 'Film Independent's' Global Media Makers short film screenwriting workshop as well a personal mentee to BAFTA nominated Indian filmmaker Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra.