Yan Chun Su
2016 | 79 mins
Country of Production: USA 
Countries Featured: Tibet, China
World Premiere | Director in Attendance
Friday, October 14 | 9:30 pm | Program F9

Set in the high plateau of eastern Tibet, Drokpa is a tribute to Tibetan nomads and their struggles with the pressures of modernization. The story is told through the daily lives and relationships of a diverse set of protagonists: Tamku, an 18-year-old single mother who began herding yaks at only 8 years of age; Dhongya, a senior herder who remembers the days before the Tibetan government privatized Drokpa land; and Yithan, a mother of two who encounters modern culture through television and her children. 

Plays with Nagarjuna Art School

Co-presented by The Rubin Museum of Art


Re:Frame, My Perspective

“With Drokpa, my 'agenda' was simply to make a film about the Tibetan nomads with two main focuses, the people and the environment. There wasn’t a list of points to make, opinions to prove. Documentary filmmaking to me is an experience to be lived, a process of co-creating with the people and the place I would spend an extended period of time with. Even though my goal was to allow things to unfold naturally, I was very conscious about my participation in the filming process. My histories, values, and my yearning to look for a way of life that makes the most sense to the Earth all affected my framing. I hope such framing would convey a deeper feeling and invoke complex emotions that are much more profound than an agenda could ever do.”

—Yan Chun Su | Director, Drokpa