Thursday, February 15, 2007

The flying notebook

Tashi Delek! The flying notebook

Tashi Delek! The flying notebook is one of the films for the 2004 diploma in camera and editing of the Zelig School for Documentary, Television and New Media, Bolzano. The film stemmed from a twinning project between the elementary school Manzoni in Bolzano Italy and the Serkong Primary School in Tabo and tells the story of how the children of the two schools got in touch with a distant culture through the comparison of universal features and needs such as playing, studying, eating, sleeping, etc Tabo is a small village situated in the valley of the Spiti in the north of India. It is famous for an important monastery which was restored towards the end of the year 1000 and which houses precious treasures of Buddhist art. This region, in fact, has always been inhabited by populations of Tibetan origin as the Spiti was a Tibetan principality up to the middle of the 19th century and has become part of India only since Tibet, China and India divided up the borders. The Spiti is a dry desolate valley in the Himalayas, situated at an altitude of 3000-4000 metre. Its location has always kept it isolated from external influences and tourism has reached the area only in the early 1990s. However, if the isolation has allowed its population to preserve their thousand-year-old culture almost intact, at the same time it has made them very poor, and they are now at risk of extinction.

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