Summer Pasture

Trailer (1:54)
Clip 1 (2:49)
Clip 2 (5:24)
Clip 3 (2:32)
Awards
  • 2012 George Foster Peabody Award
  • About the Film

    A woman, sitting on the ground next to some blankets and pots, holding a baby

    Locho and Yama, nomadic herders in Tibet's high grasslands, depend on their yaks for survival. But as their community is being decimated by rapid modernization, they are forced to choose between their traditional way of life and their daughter’s future.

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  • Finding a Common Humanity Half a World Away

     Filmmaker Nelson Walker plays with Jiatomah, the baby daughter of Locho and Yama.

    The filmmaking juggernaut of Lynn True, Nelson Walker, and Tsering Perlo dropped by the Independent Lens offices in between trips to Tibet so we asked them about the long flights, the sleepless nights, the yak snacks, and of course — pale chubby baby.

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  • Nomads’ Land — A Google Map of Peripatetic Peoples

    Detail of Google Map highlighting nomadic people around the world.

    Like Locho and Yama in Summer Pasture, nomadic people around the world are facing threats to their way of life by forced resettlement, climate change, political unrest, armed conflict, and assimilation into modern urban cities. Here’s a sampling of nomadic people throughout the globe who remain on the move despite the challenges.

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  • Talkback

    A silhouette of a man at sunset, wearing a hat and looking to one side, as a yak stands and looks to the other

    Have you ever been forced to make a difficult decision due to economic pressures?

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