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Himalaya (1999)
"Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef" (original title)

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An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes,... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Thilen Lhondup ...
Tinle
Gurgon Kyap ...
Karma
Lhakpa Tsamchoe ...
Pema
Karma Wangel ...
Passang
Karma Tensing ...
Norbou / Urgien
Labrang Tundup ...
Labrang
Jampa Kalsang Tamang ...
Jampa
...
Rabkie
Rapke Gurung ...
Tundup
Pemba Bika ...
Tensing
Karma Chhewang ...
Meme / Paljor
Tenzen Charka ...
Chopga
Yangzom ...
Dawa
Gyalsen Gurung ...
Chewan
Phuti Bika ...
Deld
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An aging chief's last stand, lessons for the new, and the education of a young chief-to-be played against harsh Nature in Nepal's Dolpo. When his son dies returning from Tibet's salt lakes, Tinle blames Karma, his son's friend, refuses to give Karma his blessing as the new chief, and organizes a rival caravan to take the salt to lower Nepal to trade for grain. He, a few old men, his son's widow, his grandson, and his second son, a monk, set out on the arduous journey. Fearing storms, Karma has led his caravan out of the village before the auspicious day ordained by the lamas. Tinle's group catches Karma's before the final pass; the two stubborn men lock wills with Tinle's grandson watching. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In a world of breathtaking beauty unfolds a classic tale of wisdom and adventure.

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15 December 1999 (France)  »

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$14,831 (USA) (30 March 2001)

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$2,481,690 (USA) (19 April 2002)
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The director, in the commentary on the DVD, says that he was inspired by the book "Caravan Towards Buddha" by Andre Migot. This book was titled "CARAVANE VERS BOUDDHA" when it was published in 1954, but can now only be found under its alternate (English) title, "Tibetan Marches" (translated by Peter Fleming). See also "Au Tibet sur les traces du Bouddha (Collection Itinéraires)" by André Migot. See more »

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Tinle: You know, sometimes I've felt like telling the lamas where to go. A real chief always starts by disobeying.
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A magnificent film on the essential trek
31 May 2002 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

I had the privilege of seeing this film in a theater. Thus the magnificent panoramas and astounding beauty of the mountains and people can be fully appreciated. The movie is about the essential trek in life: about the passing of the torch from one generation to another. It revolves about the essential aspects of life, and also of its circular nature (the past is always related to the present and future). What is truly awesome is the magnificent level of acting that the Director obtained from true mountain people.

All of the film is awesome, but the journey on the path by the border of the lake is a high point in the film.

Coming from a mountain country myself, and also enjoying trekking, I found many parallels between the quest of these Nepalese and the quality of people I find up in the high Andes. No doubt there's more wisdom as regards life from the people many consider "backward" as opposed to those we feel are "civilized". Not to be missed.


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