Old Dog

Marginal Geographies: Contemporary Masterworks from China

Saturday, September 24 | 5:30 pm

In a remote corner of modern-day Tibet, a young man decides to sell the family’s nomad mastiff when the breed’s high market value (within urban China) sets off a string of canine thefts. When his herder father discovers the ploy, the older man resolves to buy the dog back—a decision that will lead to a series of tragicomic events that threaten to rip the traditional rural family apart. Scripted in the Tibetan language by emerging major talent Pema Tseden, the first Chinese director to work entirely in the suppressed tongue, Old Dog provides a masterful glimpse into the nation’s uneven and ultimately parasitic process of modernization and capitalistic development.

Director Pema Tseden 2011 China 88 minutes NR DVD

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