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Butter & Cheese
Directed by
Tashi Dhondup

USA / 2013 / 12:28

New York Premiere
In Nepalese with subtitles

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Tashi Dhondup
Butter & Cheese is about a nomadic family who live in the highlands of Sikkim, India. Shot at an altitude of 14,000 feet above sea level, close to India-Tibet border, the film captures the unique lifestyle of the yak herders against the backdrop of the Himalayan mountains, and the process of making yak dairy products such as butter and cheese.

The nomadic couple, who belong to the Sherpa ethnic group, move with their semi-wild yaks as seasons change. In summer, they camp at an altitude of about 14,000 feet in shacks made of wood and plastic sheets. As winter approaches, the nomads and their animals move to lower altitude, though not very far down, in search of pasture. They sell the yak dairy products - butter and cheese - in nearby villages and towns located about 50 miles down the treacherous mountains.

Tashi Dhondup is an independent documentary filmmaker based in Delray Beach, Florida. He earned his masters degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to working as a filmmaker, Tashi worked as a journalist at the Tibetan Review and as a high school teacher at the Tibetan Children's Village, India. His documentary shorts include Earth Sense (2003), Music on Wheels (2006), and Children of the Mountains (work-in-progress). He also worked as an assistant editor and additional cameraman for the award-winning feature-length documentary film Fire Under the Snow (2007).
Cast/Featuring: Dorjee Sherpa, Chuki Sherpa
Producer(s): Tashi Dhondup, Lhakpa Keyzom
Director(s): Tashi Dhondup
Cinematographer(s): Tashi Dhondup
Editor(s): Tashi Dhondup
Composer(s)/Music: Techung, Gonpo Dotschung
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