The low brown hills stretch on for miles under a clear blue sky. In the distance an SUV struggles along a dirt road, snaking through clusters of low mud brick huts, next to a winding muddy river. This is the opening of The Search, the second feature length film by Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden, and the first feature film to be shot entirely with a Tibetan cast and crew. Through the next two hours Tseden leads his viewers on a journey through a region of China rarely seen by outsiders.
Born and raised in Trika (Guide) County in Qinghai Province, Tseden reveals his homeland—...read more