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Yakking it up with milk tea, ‘Colours in a Cup’


12-05-2016 15:49 BJT

By CNTV Panview editor team

Editor’s foreword: "Looking China" International Youth Film Project is co-organized by the Academy for International Communication of Chinese Culture (AICCC), Beijing Normal University and Huilin Foundation, which aims to showcase the contrasting simplicity and glamour, the antiquity and fashion of China through unique perspectives of young foreign film makers.

As of year 2016, 101 students from 25 countries were invited to participate in the project. They were stationed in 13 municipality, provinces and autonomous regions here in China. Every filmmaker has worked out a 10-minute short film about Chinese culture around the topic of “ethnic minority”.

From Nov. 30, CNTV Panview is to post the selected and best films of this series. Here is the second place winner for today.

The producer, director and writer of the film ‘Colours in a Cup,’ Amrit Kour Jastol, a student from Nanyang Technological University, depicts the rich tapestry of Zang (Tibetan) Culture in Kangding, a city in southwestern Sichuan province.

The movie leads into a modern-day, hip and cool city with trendy dance music playing in the background, then shifting to the traditional custom of making and drinking yak milk tea.

The camera crew follows families involved in the business of selling the popular drink in the region, while highlighting the history of the ancient ‘Tea Horse Road’ in the Tibetan Highlands, from Ya’an to Kangding.

Additionally, the film takes a closer look at how the Zang (Tibetan) people have joined hands with the Han, since there are so many Han-Zang intermarriages in Kangding.

The mixed families collaborate to make yak milk butter tea great again. Historically, they had used traditional ingredients and ancient tools to make the delicious drink, but nowadays Kangding residents rely on modern amenities, such as a blender.

The film shows the beautiful scenery of the Tibetan Highlands with some amazing land and aerial choreography as well.


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