(Dao ma zei)
March 9, 2001 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
(Chinese, 1986, 88 minutes, color, 35mm)
A man must resort to thievery in order to support his family. The vast panorama of Tibet serves as a backdrop for this exquisitely photographed film, which presents a careful revelation of the harsh lives of Tibetans and the role that religion plays in their survival.
"The Best Film of the Decade." - Martin Scorsese
"One of the most visually stunning and spiritually resonant film in years. Part fictional narrative, part ethnographic spectacle of enormous power, set in the awe-inspiring landscape of high Tibet." - Gene Youngblood, Santa Fe New Mexican
"**** A Masterpiece. Transcends both its national and regional contexts to convey things about landscape, community, solitude, and death in a poetics of sound and image that is staggeringly beautiful and immediately communicable." - Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader