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'The Saltmen of Tibet' Opens
1999-2000 Film Program
MAILED: Aug. 25, 1999|
"The Saltmen of Tibet," a 1998 documentary about the ancient traditions and day-to-day rituals of a Tibetan nomadic community, will open the 1999-2000 film program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Sponsored by the International Film Society, the 110-minute color film will screen Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 2-5. In Tibetan, subtitled in English, the film will be presented via video projection at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.
Shot under extreme conditions in the world's most remote locations, "The Saltmen of Tibet" is a work of exquisite visual beauty that pays tribute to the purity of a landscape, a people, and a tradition facing extinction. German writer-director Ulrike Koch's movie follows four men who observe age-old taboos and steadfast homage to the deities of nature as they embark on a three-month yak caravan to fetch precious salt from the holy lakes of northern Tibet.
"You don't go to the roof of the world, trek through the wild for three months, harvest salt from a dried-out lake bed and come back with an ordinary documentary," wrote a reviewer for the Portland Oregonian who called the film "a stunning evocation of place, culture and mores ... Its images of vast landscapes and simple labor are among the most striking of the year."
Tickets are $2 for International Film Society members and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff, or $1 for UW-Eau Claire students, at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727.
Membership in the International Film Society entitles community members to purchase tickets to IFS presentations and films sponsored by the University Activities Commission of the Student Senate throughout the year. Members also receive a newsletter with advance information about IFS films. An individual IFS membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.
UAC films this fall include "Psycho" (Sept. 9-12); "Rushmore" (Sept. 16-19); "Europa, Europa" (Sept. 23-26); "Full Metal Jacket" (Sept. 30-Oct. 3); "The Birth of a Nation" (Oct. 14-17); "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (Oct. 28-31); "Citizen Kane" (Nov. 11-14); and "A Clockwork Orange" (Dec. 2-5).
Fall semester presentations by the International Film Society include "Three Seasons" (Oct. 7-10); "Central Station" (Oct. 21-24); "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels" (Nov. 4-7); "Insomnia" (Nov. 18-21); "Life is Beautiful" (Dec. 9-12); and "Hyenas" (Dec. 16-19).
All films screen in the 250-seat theater in W.R. Davies University Center on lower campus. Complete schedule information is available from the Activities and Programs Office, (715) 836-4833.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 25, 1999