Barley fields on the other side of the Mountain

Tian Tsering

United Kingdom / 2017 / 115'


Sixteen-year-old Pema lives in the remote mountains of Tibet. For generations, her family has farmed their barley fields in peace. But when Pema’s father is taken away by the authorities, her world is shattered. A Buddhist nun from the local nunnery walks into Pema’s life and invites her to join a group of locals escaping Chinese persecution by walking over the Himalayas into India. Pema is torn: can she leave her family at this time of crisis? Has she the right, or the courage, to join her friend and seek a new life for herself? Told through the eyes of a teenage girl , Barley Fields On The Other Side Of The Mountain is a film about the price of freedom and who pays for it. Shot entirely on location in the Himalayas with a non-professional cast, it was made by a Chinese filmmaker determined to give a voice to the oppressed of Tibet through a universal story about the love of parents for their children.

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Tian Tsering

Born and raised in China, Tian Tsering enrolled in the MA Filmmaking at the London Film School in 2012 where he specialised in Cinematography. He has since shot a numbers of short films that have circulated in film festivals.


Language: Tibetan

Subtitles: Italian

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