Fiction / UK, France, Switzerland, Nepal / 1999 / 1h44
Original Title : Himalaya, l’enfance d’un chef
Production : Galatée Films, Les Productions de la Guéville, Les Productions JMH, Antelope Films, National Studio Limited, Bac Films
Distribution : Galatée Films
Script : Nathalie Azoulai, Olivier Dazat, Louis Gardel
Interpretation : Thilen Lhondup, Gurgon Kyap, Lhakpa Tsamchoe
Photography : Eric Guichard et Jean-Paul Meurisse
Editing : Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte
Music : Bruno Coulais
In the Northwest Himalayas, in a village as high as 16,400 feet above sea level, it is time to prepare the caravan of yaks. Old chief Tinle, whose eldest son has just died, refuses to let Karma drive the herd, whom he blames for his son’s death. Braving the oracles of the shaman and Tinle’s anger, Karma breaks camp before the ritual date. He is followed by the young ones. Against all reason, Tinlé decides to leave too.
Eric Valli was born in Dijon in 1952. He worked as a cabinetmaker, then he moved in the middle of the Himalayas in the mid-70s. Back then, this area of Nepal was little known and difficult to access because of the Chinese government. There he became a major photographer and collaborated with journals such as National Geographic, Sunday Time, Life or Paris Match. In 1988, he turned to filmmaking with the documentaries Honey Hunters, Birdnesters of Thailand (1990) and Les Vagabonds de la forêt (2002). As for fiction, he directed Himalaya in 1997, then went to Africa for The Trail in 2006. Moreover, he wrote many books about the Himalayas and its inhabitants.