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Journey from Zanskar (2010)

JOURNEY FROM ZANSKAR reveals the lengths to which a dedicated community will go to seek an education for its children--on foot, on horseback, by jeep or bus--whatever it takes.

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Lobsang Dhamchoe ...
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Geshe Lobsang Yonten ...
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JOURNEY FROM ZANSKAR reveals the lengths to which a dedicated community will go to seek an education for its children--on foot, on horseback, by jeep or bus--whatever it takes.

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How far would you go to save your dying culture?

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11 February 2010 (USA)  »

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17 Paths to Enlightenment  »

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A great documentary!
9 March 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I just chanced upon this title in my elevator while coming back to work. They were showing it at my building for Tuesday Movie Nights. Having been to Ladakh and the adjoining regions I felt eager to watch this. I grew up in North India, in a valley in the Himalayas. Though quite far from the region depicted, I can feel for the people in the film. I must say that the director and his team have done more than justice. In a country hard on resources per person, and with an innate respect for education, I can totally relate to the plight and trials of the actors in the film. The director has brought out the conflicts of family values and togetherness, with the desire to achieve and learn for the betterment of individual, the culture and the society, excellently. The movie oscillates between hope, the sense of community, the sense of uplifting your loved ones, the joy of life, ambition and emotions that go with it all, in a manner that few can achieve. All this is supplemented beautifully with the amazing background of Zanskar and Ladakh; one of the highest plateaus of the world, and a desert to boot. It is also one of the remotest and most difficult to access areas to be found. The stark barren haunting landscape juxtaposes seamlessly with the simplicity and honour of the main protagonists, who's only aim is to provide the younger of their people a better life. I've been from Manali to Leh by road, and its truly an amazing journey. I flew back from Leh to Delhi, and looking down all that is visible are vast and lonely colourful undulating mountains with snow covered peaks. Colourful because the lack of vegetation and the ensuing erosion have stripped the mountains to their underlying mineral ores. Its hard to believe that human settlements actually live in these areas. But when people from the same communities rise above their duty to risk life and limb for purposes so close to the heart, what we get is the Journey from Zanskar.


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