Summer Pasture is a feature-length documentary that chronicles one summer of a young Tibetan family amidst a period of great uncertainty. Locho, a yak herder, his wife Yama, and their infant daughter, nicknamed Jiatomah (‘pale chubby girl’), spend the summer months in eastern Tibet’s Zachukha grasslands, an area known as Wu-Zui or ‘5-Most’ – the highest, coldest, poorest, largest, and the most remote county in Sichuan province.
[director]Lynn True received a joint degree in Urban Studies and Architecture from Brown University and began her film career as an assistant editor at NBC News and PBS. She has since, along with Nelson Walker, gone on to make independent films including Ithemba (‘Hope’), a documentary about an HIV+ choir from South Africa (Sundance Channel, 2005); and LUMO, about a young Congolese women recovering from a traumatic fistula (student Academy Awards winner, PBS’s POV series, 2007). True is also an independent film programmer at New York’s Maysles Cinema in Harlem where she and Walker are co-founders and directors of the Tibet in Harlem and Congo in Harlem film festivals.
Nelson Walker began his career working on documentaries for Discovery Channel, History Channel and PBS’s Nova. He has worked extensively in Tibet, as a visiting instructor at Tibet University in Lhasa and as a contributor to the Tibetan and Himalayan Library. Nelson holds a BA from Brown University and an MFA in Film Directing from Columbia University[/director]