With the rapid development of western China, sky burial, the scared rite in which vultures feed on the bodies of dead Tibetans, has become a tourist attraction. The places in which the rite is practiced are highlighted on maps and local officials issue permits to watch. Against the wishes of the families, the visitors take photos and film the scene. Made in August 2011, at the height of internal tensions, Vultures of Tibet recounts the current situation of sky burial, using it as a metaphor to underline the greater issues that modern Tibet is faced with.
Language: Tibetan, Chinese (Traditional)
Russell O. Bush
Born in 1986 in rural Alaska. He received his MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas. As a director, cinematographer, and editor he works in narrative fiction and documentary. "Vultures of Tibet" was nominated for a 2013 Student Academy Award and has screened throughout the United States and Europe at film festivals including AFI Docs (Silverdocs), Edinburgh International Film Festival, and Maryland Film Festival.
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