Review of Tibet: In the Land of the Brave
Anyone who followed the Dalai Lamaâ€™s visit to Montreal this week â€“ and for that matter, anyone interested in aboriginal affairs â€“ will want to see this gentle and heartfelt doc by novice Quebec filmmaker GeneviÃ¨ve Brault.
It tells the story of the rapidly disappearing way of life of nomadic yak herders in the mountain plateaus of Tibet, told through the eyes of a Quebec doctoral student who has married into the culture and fears that its days under Chinese rule are numbered.
The studentâ€™s name is Marijo Demers, and at the start of the 96-minute film she travels with her husband, Gyamtso Sotse, and their Quebec-born daughter, Yangchen, 7, back to Sotseâ€™s hometown. Demers is pregnant with the coupleâ€™s second child, and intends to have the baby there before returning to Canada.
Sotse hasnâ€™t been back to his country in more than a dozen years. He wants his wife â€“ whom he met in India before becoming a Canadian citizen and settling here â€“ to meet the family he left behind. He wants their daughter to see the other half of her heritage. And he wants the birthplace stamped in his newbornâ€™s passport to be Tibet.