As change comes to a popular kora (religious circumambulation) route, three people must make decisions that will affect not only their own fates, but also those of the kora and this ancient city.
People say you can find happiness and tranquility on the peaceful Tsekor kora, the circumambulation around the Potala Palace in the ancient city of Lhasa. Meet three different people whose very livelihoods revolve around the Tsekor kora: one, an elderly man who carries on his back a basket of boiled beans to sell to pilgrims and devotees as a snack. Another, a young man from an inland Chinese city who runs a merchandise stall along the kora and makes good money. Finally, a girl from a Tibetan village that is attracted to the life here and starts to work in a teahouse along the kora. Ut as the kora gets over-crowded, the urban management police begin to drive the peddlers away. The elderly bean-seller is one of them. The young stall owner has gradually grown tired of this lifestyle and yearns for more. The village girl learns that her teahouse will soon be closed down, and she doesn’t know where to turn. The fates of these three are intertwined with that of the kora they live off of. But times are changing: will they decide to stay and continue to earn a living along the Tsekor, or leave it for something else? Will they even have such a choice?
Tenzinsedon was born in Lhasa, Tibet. After graduating from Donghua University(Media-making &Communication)in Shanghai and Plymouth University(Media Arts)in the UK. She returned to Tibet and start working as an independent documentary filmmaker. Her previous documentary films include The Horses and Horseman and A Taste of Life, and have won many awards such as News and Short Feature category of the RTS Student Television Awards for Devon&Cornwall and the Golden Mountain Awards for documentary short films at Zhenjiang International Film Festival, as well as nominations for AL Jazeera International Documentary Film Festival and China Academy Awards for Documentary Films.
Founder of the ‘YouthDoc’ Chinese Youth Film Project(since 2014), is dedicated to the promotion of local Chinese filmmakers and Chinese documentaries. Ming LIU is currently working with the DOC-CHINA documentary platform and has served as executive producer, helping young creators both at home and abroad to understand the rules of the Chinese documentary market.