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Journey From Zanskar (2011)

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Zanskar is the last remaining original Tibetan Buddhist society with a continuous untainted lineage dating back thousands of years. In nearby Tibet and Ladakh, in Sikkim, Bhutan, and Nepal, traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture is either dead already or dying. The horror of Chinese government design in Tibet is being matched by the destruction of global economics elsewhere. Zanskar, ringed by high Himalayan mountains in northwest India, one of the most remote places on the planet, has been safe until now. But that's changing. In 3-5 years a road connecting Padum, the heart of Zanskar, with Leh, the heart of neighboring Ladakh, will be finished. Will the native language, culture, and religious practice be able to survive? -- (C) Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Journey From Zanskar

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The trek proved a logistical nightmare but a documentarian's delight, full of suspense, vivid dangers, strong personalities and energetic tots.

September 23, 2011 | Full Review…
Variety
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Mr. Marx shines a light on a place and a way of life that are rapidly changing.

September 22, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Although the film might be forced to rely rather heavily on Richard Gere's narration simply to situate the Western viewer, the actor does unify a bumptious collection of material that, taken together, relates what has to be admitted is a remarkable story.

September 20, 2011 | Full Review…
Village Voice
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Through this small story, Journey from Zanskar illuminates the challenge of preserving what's left of Tibetan culture.

June 18, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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Journey from Zanskar maintains a level-headed matter-of-fact tone that humanizes the Zanskaris without stooping to crass exploitation.

September 25, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Slant Magazine

As moving and as visually spectacular as this documentary can be, it fails to find a dramatic high point, and in the end leaves its exotic subjects-and therefore the viewers-in something of a limbo.

September 23, 2011 | Full Review…
Film Journal International

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