THE TEA ROAD

SUR LA ROUTE LEGENDAIRE DU THÉ

By Michel NOLL, Zhou WEIPING

ICTV / ECRANS DES MONDES - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2008

THE ADVENTURES OF A LITTLE LEAF WITH A THOUSANDS SECRETS

    • Year of production
    • 2008
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • CHINESE, FRENCH, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Michel NOLL, Zhou WEIPING
    • Producer(s)
    • Michel NOLL (Quartier Latin Media)
    • Synopsis
    • It is the first time that the most ancient caravan road offers its mysteries to the viewer. More than 4.000 tortuous kilometers long, starting from the rain forests located 200 meters above the sea level in South West China, crossing three climatic zones, numerous mountains, rivers, virgin forests and dangerous ridges, all the way up to the snow-covered Tibetan Plateau, at an altitude of 6.000 meters. This is the most extraordinary trade route of all Times. It is the spectacular theatre of countless human adventures, and without any doubt it is the most authentic present that China offers to the world. The 100 minutes film, in comparison to the television series of 3x52’ and 5x43’, emphases the human adventure as well as the social and spiritual link which represented this route to “the people of Tea” : the local planters, but also the countless artisans as well as the caravansaries being a part of it. And of course, the caravan or horse drivers. In fact, the film also reveals that the Tea Road worked both ways: on the one hand, the Chinese brought commodities to the Tibetans, namely the tea they needed to survive in the extreme climatic conditions of the highlands. the Tibetans on the other hand brought to the sensitive Chinese their spirituality and their Buddhism, helping them to better understand a world full of suffering.
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