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Windhorse (1999)




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The story of Windhorse begins fifteen years ago high in the mountains of western Tibet. There, on a crisp autumn morning, a tiny village awakes. And three small children play at jumprope -- a brother and sister, Dorjee and Dolkar, and their cousin, Pema. But the idyllic scene is shattered by a sudden gunshot which takes the life of the children's grandfather. Abruptly, the scene shifts to present day Lhasa, the capitol city of Tibet, where we get a portrait of the threesome as young adults. The sister, Dolkar, has attracted a boyfriend -- a successful Chinese man named Duan-ping. With his help, Dolkar gets the attention of a high-ranking Chinese government official who can make her a recording star. It would mean money and security for her and her family. But her brother is totally disgusted. Dorjee spends his days with friends in a snooker hall and his nights getting drunk. We also see fleeting aspects of a Tibetan underground political movement in the person of Dorjee's old friend, Lobsang. Since their days in the village, Dolkar and Dorjee have lost contact with their cousin, Pema, who has become a Buddhist nun. In an early scene, Pema listens in disbelief as Chinese officials ban the display of photos of their spiritual leader, the exiled Dalai Lama. Within days, one of the nuns is arrested for defying the ban. Pema's anger and frustration leads her to spontaneously shout "Free Tibet" in the square in front of the central Buddhist temple in Lhasa. Immediately she is arrested and thrown in prison.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
Directed By: ,
Written By: Julia Elliot, Paul Wagner, Thupten Tsering, Julia Elliott
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On DVD: Dec 20, 2005
Paul Wagner Productions


as Dolkar
Richard Chang
as Duan-ping
Lu Yu
as Du Han-Shen
Nima Bhuti
as Momola
as Pala
Tenzin Pema
as Young Dolkar
Deepak Tserin
as Young Dorjee
Pasang Dolma
as Young Pema
as Mr. Li
Tenzin Namgyal
as Duan-ping's Friend 3
Takna Jigme Sangpo
as Prison Officer
Thupten Choeyang
as PSB Officer
Sonam Wangdu
as Prisoner 1
Tsering Wangdu
as Prisoner 2
as Doctor
as Soldier 1
Rado Lama
as Officer
as Immigration Official
Tsering Paljor
as Photographer
Tsering Dorjee
as Underground Worker
Tsering Yangchen
as Prostitute 1
as Studio Engineer 2
as TV Grandfather
Dawa Dolma
as TV Grandmother
Chimie Tsering
as TV Father
Sonom Wangmo
as TV Mother
Tashi Tsering
as TV Child
Tenzin Shera
as TV Child
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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New York Times
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