When Clouds Gather
Tronang village, located in the homeland of Gyalrong Tibetan living in China, is under development for tourism. DEJI (23), a native Gyalrong Tibetan woman, left the city as a primary teacher to reconnect with indigenous heritage in her hometown but finds it more like a commodity for tourists. She's struggling to find a balance between ancestral knowledge and the mainstream culture of modernization. DOLMA (29), a Tibetan nomadic woman who left grassland for India at a young age, had to give up her study to take care of her mother living inside China. She is struggling to establish a new life with limited working options and foreign culture. SHUCHIN (33), a Chinese woman who re-rooted herself to Tibetan culture to chase a dream that she had during her study in Finland, launched a grassroots education movement to raise cultural and environmental sustainability in Tibetan areas. She's struggling with a battle against her own identity. The marginality brings them to a modern-indigenous collaboration that fights against the dominant culture for a genuine voice for indigenous people, which leads them to see a new understanding of belonging and barriers in reshaping their cultural identity.