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NOVA: Lost Treasure of Tibet

Liev Schreiber , Liesl Clark  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Liev Schreiber
  • Directors: Liesl Clark
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MZGN4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,409 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Join the race to save the surviving sacred masterpieces of an ancient Buddhist kingdom.Mustang (moo-stahn), one of the last outposts of Tibetan culture, is so isolated and protected that no Westerner set foot inside its borders for centuries. But in the early 1990s, this untouched society set high in the Himalayas opened its borders for the first time, exposing an ancient worldís dazzling sacred relics long damaged by the elements and neglect. Today, outsiders are working with local townspeople to rescue priceless masterpieces dating back to the 13th century ñ but can these efforts preserve history in a way that is acceptable to the local culture? Join the race against time as art and restoration experts mix history, science, and politics in a complicated and daunting mission to preserve these religious works of art. With gods literally peeling off the walls, will outsiders be trusted with saving the sacred art of Mustang?Special DVD features include: materials and activities for educators; a link to the NOVA Web site; scene selections; closed captions; and described video for the visually impaired. On one DVD5 disc. Region coding: Region 1. Audio: Dolby stereo. Screen format: Letterboxed.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
55 minutes. Narrrated by Liev Schreiber. Nova. [...] has lots of extra information, including the transcript, the paintings before and after restoration, a map and photo gallery.

Nova traveled to Lo Manthang in Upper Mustang in 2000 and 2001 to follow British architect John Sanday and art conservator Rodolfo Lujan from Rome as they work with local townspeople to try and restore the abandoned Thubchen Gompa and its paintings. John: "I began to realize how fantastic the wall paintings actually were. They are fifteenth century, they are priceless. These are masterpieces."

The film opens with Lama Guru Gyaltsen, a Tibetan monk, traveling on horseback up the Kali Gandaki valley. He stops at a cave where deities are said to emanate from the walls, and attends a Buddhist festival to ward off evil forces. John leads the restoration of the Gompa roof, in the traditional way with wood, flat stones and mud. Rodolfo leads the restoration of the paintings using the same techinques as the Sistine Chapel. Lama Gyaltsen and the King are pleased with the restoration, but ask the conservators to go even further and fill in the gaps and cracks in the paintings.

This is an excellent film of the restoration of Tbubchen Gompa and its paintings. There is a flyover of Lo Manthang, showing the makeup of the village. The Pavol Barabas film Upper Mustang is a perfect companion to this video because it highlights the spectacular scenery and everyday life in Lo Manthang.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition to an Art History Class February 24, 2009
By Kris
I used this product for a college-level class on Buddhist art. I found it very easy to follow with beautiful photography. It presents the issues involved in a well-balanced manner, allowing my students to make up their own minds. I recommend it to wrap-up discussion on Buddhist, or Indian, art history.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unknown Gem about Art and Buddhist History January 9, 2012
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An unknown gem!

Take a journey just outside of Tibet and see world-class experts help in the restoration of amazing Buddhist images. You will learn about art conservation, Buddhist philosophy, as well as Tibetan architecture, culture and so much more. This is one of my favorite films and one I use in the college courses I teach.
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The restoration of artistic wall paintings in Tibet is compared to restoration of Renaissance paintings, but nothing is said about the Chinese takeover of Tibet, which includes the forced migration of Chinese citizens into Tibet and the military destruction of many Tibetan monasteries. In the meantime, the corporate sector of western countries including the US are welcoming the export of products made by slave labor in China. Companies like Wal-Mart insist that only products manufactured in China can be sold in their stores, while their employees, known as Associates, are striking for decent wages and are told to go on welfare. The Obama administration is doing little or nothing to require that giant corporations, who own most politicians of both parties, be regulated if they are ignoring laws that require them to follow the laws passed by Congress. Chinese companies are even worse, with employees being treated as slaves.
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