“Talking to the Air: The Horses of the Last Forbidden Kingdom” (Nepal, USA, 2013, Sophie Dia Pegrum, 58’)

On a tenuous mountain border with China, the vanishing medieval culture of Mustang is where a man’s wealth is measured in horses and riding is as elemental as breathing. In this remote kingdom in the high Himalaya, the thrilling and heart-stopping horse races of the Yartung Festival are the backdrop for a story that includes the history of CIA covert operations with Tibetan resistance fighters and rare footage featuring the Dalai Lama’s flight on horseback over the Himalaya. Told by the people of Mustang, the film is an intimate portrait of a region facing the unpredictable pressures of the future.
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