Synopsis by Mark Deming
The Tea Horse Road is a path that winds through the mountains of China near Tibet; it is one of the most perilous and forbidding routes on Earth, but also a place where one can see a remarkable amount of natural beauty. A road that has been in use for centuries, the Tea Horse is being made obsolete by a newer and more easily navigable route, and Chinese documentarian Tian Zhuangzhuang brought a camera crew along as a team of mules hauled a load a supplies for the new road along the old route. Delamu explores the Tea Horse Road and the people who travel on it and live near it, and the film not only documents a side of Chinese culture that is slowly but surely fading away, but visits people living a simple lifestyle that is a throwback to another age. Delamu received its North American premiere at the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival.
caravan, China, cultural-traditions, modernization, mountains, road, simplicity, Tibet, tranquility, valley, village