Vultures of Tibet : lessons in clandestine filmmaking
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Over the course of nearly three years I created a documentary film titled, Vultures of Tibet. My film investigates sky burial, a private ritual where the bodies of Tibetan dead are offered to wild griffon vultures. The tradition is becoming a paid tourist attraction as Chinese modernization in Tibet continues. I have tried with this film to illuminating an ideological conflict often hidden to the outside world through the intimate yet inherently voyeuristic lens of the camera. This report chronicles my experience as a filmmaker bringing this project into reality.