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“Das Gold des Himalaja - Nomadenleben in Ladakh”

Thomas Wartmann (Deutschland) - 44 min

Saturday, 10. Nov. 2007 from 08:00 in Grüner Saal       

The nineteen-year-old nomad son Norbu has kidnapped his bride, the young Tashi, and takes her from Leh, the capital city of Ladakh, to his extended family in the Changthang. Wife stealing is nothing unusual for the Changpa, but it is the custom to apologise to the bride’s father. In two years Norbu is supposed to take over his father’s tent in the Changthang, and by then he should have learned the nomadic trade. But the boy, who grew up in the city, cannot reintegrate himself into the grueling daily life of the mountain nomads. By the time he sets off with his father to the capital city, Leh, to apologize to his father in law, his decision has been made: he will turn his back on the nomadic life and become a truck driver down in the valley. There's nothing else his father can do now except ask the gods for help…