Tibet in Song (2008)
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In the West, surrounded by iPods, instant downloads and an ever-changing onslaught of new music and performers, a simple song is something easily taken for granted. In the East, in Tibet, folk songs serve as the connective tissue between regions, passed down in the oral tradition through an increasingly fragmented country and region, much of which remains under harsh Communist Chinese rule after 50 years of occupation. Tibet was a sovereign nation for thousands of years, with its own music,
Sep 24, 2010 Limited
Oct 17, 2011
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"Tibet in Song" offers blunt, heartbreaking proof that the best way to murder a country is to murder its culture, and the best way to murder its culture is to kill its music.
Could pressure by outside activists cause the Chinese to temper its campaign against traditional culture? "Tibet in Song" suggests that it's worth trying.
Choephel's film is a testament to the perseverance of the Tibetan people, and to his own.
Doubly powerful because he also weaves in the overall history of Tibet's struggle, a primer on the Chinese government's campaign to muzzle Tibetan culture and vignettes from other Tibetans who resisted.
[An] intriguing, and at times too dispassionate, chronicle of injustice.
Ngawang Choephel passionately chronicles his harrowing journey into Tibet in 1995 to try and recover the lost rich Tibetan traditional folk music... .
The benign title of Ngawaang Choephel's documentary gives little clue to the biting, powerful story that's told.
My guess is it will mostly appeal to folks who are already into the culture of Tibet. And I bet they'll love it.
Overall, Tibet in Song provides an impassioned, yet relatively clear-eyed account of its director's turbulent homecoming.
The business of cultural erasure through music gains literal status and gruesome consequences in Ngawang Choephel's documentary.
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