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Himalaya -- Filmed over seven months in the forbidden Dolpo region of Nepal, Academy Award-nominated Himalaya tells the story of a generational struggle for the leadership of a tiny mountain village between its proud old chief and a headstrong young caravanner. The balance of power shifts uneasily as they make their annual salt trek across the Himalayas.
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22 June 2001 (USA) See more »
In a world of breathtaking beauty unfolds a classic tale of wisdom and adventure. See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)
Thilen Lhondup ... Tinle
Gurgon Kyap ... Karma
Lhakpa Tsamchoe ... Pema
Karma Wangel ... Passang
Karma Tensing ... Norbou / Urgien
Labrang Tundup ... Labrang
Jampa Kalsang Tamang ... Jampa

Tsering Dorjee ... Rabkie
Rapke Gurung ... Tundup
Pemba Bika ... Tensing
Karma Chhewang ... Meme / Paljor
Tenzen Charka ... Chopga
Yangzom ... Dawa
Gyalsen Gurung ... Chewan
Phuti Bika ... Deld
Sangmo Gurung ... Angmo
Karma Angbu Gurung ... Karma's father

Directed by
Eric Valli 
Michel Debats (collaborating director)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nathalie Azoulai  writer
Olivier Dazat  writer
Louis Gardel  writer
Jean-Claude Guillebaud  writer
Eric Valli  screenplay

Produced by
Christophe Barratier .... producer
Mick Csaky .... associate producer
Mick Csaky .... co-producer
Jean de Trégomain .... executive producer
Jean de Trégomain .... line producer
Danièle Delorme .... associate producer
Danièle Delorme .... co-producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz .... associate producer
Jean-Marc Henchoz .... co-producer
Jean Labadie .... associate producer
Jean Labadie .... co-producer
Jacques Perrin .... producer
Yves Robert .... associate producer
Yves Robert .... co-producer
Neer Bikram Shah .... associate producer
Neer Bikram Shah .... co-producer
Original Music by
Bruno Coulais 
Cinematography by
Eric Guichard 
Jean-Paul Meurisse 
Film Editing by
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
Casting by
Gabrielle Beroff 
Sophie Blanchouin 
Sylvie Brocheré 
Production Design by
Jérôme Krowicki 
Art Direction by
Tenzin Norbu Lama 
Costume Design by
Michel Debats 
Karma Tundup Gurung 
Makeup Department
Michèle Carmitrand .... hair designer
Michèle Carmitrand .... makeup designer
Production Management
Olli Barbé .... unit manager
Jean de Trégomain .... production manager
Hugues Deniset .... assistant unit manager
Jean-Baptiste Leclère .... unit production manager
Renan Marzin .... assistant unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michel Debats .... assistant director
Art Department
Michel Debats .... property master
Marc Fivel .... assistant decorator
Alain Fretzel .... painter
Fabienne Haertling .... painter
Maxime Rebière .... storyboard artist
Thomas Rollin .... assistant decorator
Sound Department
Fabien Adelin .... assistant sound mixer
Stéphane Albinet .... sound
Michel Crivellaro .... assistant sound editor
Denis Guilhem .... sound
Vincent Lefebvre .... sound assistant
Bernard Leroux .... sound mixer
Alain Lévy .... assistant foley artist
Laurent Lévy .... foley artist
Denis Martin .... sound
Francis Perreard .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Gina Pignier .... supervising sound editor
Hervé Roux .... sound consultant: D.T.S.
Jacques Thomas-Gérard .... adr mixer
Jean-Guy Veran .... sound mixer: making-of
Special Effects by
Jean-Marc Mouligne .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Fabien Girodot .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Sylvain Bardoux .... key grip
Olivier Barré .... gaffer
Richard Brodet .... electrician: Paris
Sylvie Carcedo .... first assistant camera
Nasr Djepa .... first assistant camera
Luc Drion .... camera operator
Claude Garnier .... camera operator
Florent Geslin .... grip: Paris
Patrick Ghiringhelli .... first assistant camera
Debra Kellner .... still photographer
Pascal Launay .... electrician: Paris
Vincent Muller .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Colette Beltran .... assistant editor
Irène Cohen-Aguerre .... first assistant editor
Sou Klein .... assistant editor
Delphine Lermite .... editor trainee
Bruno Patin .... color timer
Gerard Savary .... color timer
Music Department
Jean-Philippe Audin .... musician: cello
Christophe Barratier .... musician: guitar
Jean-Paul Batailley .... musician: drums
Raoul Duflot-Vérez .... musician: piano (as Raoul Duflot)
Lama Karma Gyurmed .... musician: vocalist
Laurent Julia .... musician: drums
Paul Lavergne .... music consultant
Didier Lizé .... music engineer
Tsering Lodoe .... musician: vocalist
Michel Peyratout .... musician: bass
Slim Pezin .... musician: guitar
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309 .... orchestra
Tenzin-Phuntsock Tsalung .... musician: vocalist
Other crew
Nicole Devaux .... production assistant
Claire Dornoy .... production assistant
Paulette Materne .... production administrator
Claude Morice .... production administrator
Eva Simonet .... press attache
Diane Summers .... production coordinator: Himalaya
Jean-Luc Tesson .... production assistant
Sophie Zuber .... production assistant
Vincent Coperet .... director wishes to thank

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Also Known As:
"Himalaya - l'enfance d'un chef" - France (original title)
"Caravan" - Canada (English title) (festival title)
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108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Tinle:Don't listen to them. Keep on climbing, however slowly.See more »
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Referenced in Cinemania (2002)See more »


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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Excellent ethnographic viewpoint, 14 July 2002
Author: artzau from Sacramento, CA

One reviewer asks if we (Westerners) can ever see the world through another's (non-Westerner) eyes. Good question. There's no 'yes' or 'no' answer because we can't get into people's heads. The cultural viewpoint from the standpoint of the actor in the cultural setting is always different from the outsider. As intruders into that world, we can observe, wonder and learn. Yes, indeed like voyeurs, my friend but these are not "primitive" people. These are people who have adapted to a way of life and developed means of coping with it. Since many of these people live isolated lives, the cultural diffusion of technology invades their worlds slowly. (We anthropologists see this fact as a mercy) This film is a wonder. As one reviewer asks, can we watch a film for over a 100 minutes of people walking? It depends. What do you want? Adventure? Rent a Hollywood spawn with phony chases, lots of CGI and god-awful writing. This is a simple story but one basic to the human condition. Loss, death, coming of age, transition, love and resurrection. This film is full of archetypes but without the contrived devices found in so many Western films. The adventure is that of the daily lives of these people who live always on the edge. It is most unfair to judge this simple tale and its depiction from the same viewpoint of another mythic journey. There's only the violence of nature and the triumph of human will to survive-- not happily ever after, but just for another day. As an anthropologist who spent over 25 years working with pastoralists (nomadic herders) in Africa, Central Asia, South America and the Middle East, I was delighted with this unpretentious story. I never worked with yak or reindeer [I highly recommend the exceptional "Pathfinder" for an excellent view of the Lapps]herders and the presentation certainly squared with everything I've read about these dynamic, wonderful people.

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