Delamu was released in 2004, directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang.
Stretching across Yunnan, Tibet, and into the Himalayas, the heart of Delamu is the “Tea Horse Road” (Chinese: 茶马古道). One of the oldest caravan routes in Asia, the film documents one such caravan as it transfers raw material to a modern construction site.
As Tian travels with the caravan, he interviews people who have lived along the road for decades, including a priest who was thought to have disappeared during the Cultural Revolution, a 104 year old woman, and a mule driver who owns the titular Delamu.
You can read more on Delamu here.
Tian films his villagers in long takes, in available light, framed in doorways, against rocks or by flickering fires, painting portraits that vie in texture and complexity with his more purely scenic compositions. Man and nature reflect each other in a fragile primordial balance captured here perhaps for the last time.
–Ronnie Scheib (2004)
The documentary runs for 110 minutes. You can view the first half of it here (no English or subtitles in English). The sound quality is not the best, but visually the film is beautiful.
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