The Changpa nomad people live at an altitude of 4,000 metres on the South-West Ladakh mountains. Few populations in the world live at such altitudes, in a landscape beaten by air and wind, where soil is barren and dry and even the animals have to share the little shrubs to feed themselves. This population lives mainly moving with the herd and sleeping in skin tents. They are of Buddhist religion, love animals and maintain a rich and peculiar cultural tradition. The film deals with the story of Norbu, a nineteen-year old son of nomads, who on a journey to the capital of Ladakh Leh, takes his young fiancée to the Changthang region, to introduce her to his family.
Thomas Wartmann (*1953) studied journalism in Munich from 1972-75 and later filmmaking in Los Angeles at the “American Film Institute“. After several engagements as assistant director he travelled as a journalist for major print magazines (GEO, Trans Atlantic, Stern, Tempo, etc.) through Asia, Africa and South America. Since 1994 he has developed, directed and produced more than 35 documentaries. In 2002 he set up the film production company Filmquadrat based in Munich and Cologne together with Thomas Riedelsheimer and Stefan Tolz. With the restructuring of the Filmquadrat platform, he founded Filmquadrat.dok GmbH in September 2007.