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A Year in Tibet

BBC 4, 2008
Producer & Writer: Peter Firstbrook
Director: Sun Shuyun
Executive Producers: Adam Alexander and Jeremy Gibson

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Tsephun, a novice monk from Gyantse

5 x 60-minute films for BBC4
A Seven Stones Media & Mosaic Films Production


For the first time, a British film crew has been able to film ordinary people inside Tibet unsupervised by Chinese authorities. This remarkable series follows the lives of everyday Tibetans across an eventful year. This unprecedented access gives an extraordinary insight into the significance of Buddhism in everyday life and the complex and often surprising relationship between Tibetans and the Chinese immigrants who they live and work alongside.

The series is both an intimate observation of a little-known society and a compelling insight into the impact of Chinese Communism on the lives of ordinary Tibetans.

“Bliss in TV form … the overall effect is to create a beautiful, evocative series.”
The Sunday Times

“… a wonderful insight into Buddhist society, taking in the everyday stories of the lives of the inhabitants to the surprising relationship between the locals and the town’s many Chinese immigrants.”
The Daily Telegraph

“… beautifully shot five-part series.”
The Observer

“One of those nicely-paced, window-on-the-world series …”
The Daily Mail

“A real eye-opener.”
Mail on Sunday

“With rare access to the lives of the people of Tibet this series is proving to be something of a treat.”
The Daily Telegraph

“If you missed these transcendentally blissful documentaries then it is your own fault: we told you about every one of them in advance. Here’s your last chance …”
The Sunday Times

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