The filmmakers may not explain everything that passes before their cameras (why is caterpillar fungus such a hot commodity?), but that's part of the intrigue in this vanishing way of life.
| Original Score: 3/4
Has an earthy intimacy and compassion for its subjects that will have you thinking about their plight long after they've packed up and moved on for winter.
| Original Score: 4/5
Yama doesn't need to seek work, as she reveals throughout the remarkable documentary, Summer Pasture.
The success of a documentary so often hinges on the choice of subjects as much as the topic, and directors Lynn True and Nelson Walker hit the jackpot with Yama, Locho and their unnamed infant daughter.
The subjects-a husband and wife struggling to make ends meet, mostly for the well-being of their infant daughter-are eminently engaging.
| Original Score: 3/5
With its devastating title-card statistics and peacefully elegiac third act, the doc establishes the ritarding cadence of its gasping culture of a subject.
An intimate, rounded, and realistic documentary about a charming, hard-working couple who are Tibetan nomads.
| Original Score: 5/5
Anything but a romanticized portrait of a primitive society of people living a purer, closer-to-the-earth existence than the rest of humanity.
Summer Pasture is remarkable not merely for documenting the disappearing way of life, but for registering the depth of Yama and Locho's uncertainty about moving on from it.