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November 20, 2017

Kekexili: Mountain Patrol

Film still: Kekexili: Mountain Patrol Film still: Kekexili: Mountain Patrol
Best Asian Film
Hong Kong
Film Awards
Special Jury Prize
Tokyo Intl
Film Fest
"A grimly exciting film that is picturesque and brutal by turns"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"As tough and unsparing as its backdrop, a blood-boiling environmental thriller with a dash of Sergio Leone"
  —New York Times
"Few films that begin with a lot of shooting and very little talking go on to be as profoundly solemn, abstracted, and contemplative as Mountain Patrol: Kekexili"
  —AV Club
3 stars
  —Roger Ebert

Kekexili is a vast region on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau and is currently the largest Chinese natural preserve. But towards the end of the 20th century, poachers went berserk and reduced the numbers of Tibetan antelope (chiru) from about two million to below ten thousand. A volunteer mountain patrol tried to stop them and in 1996 Ga Yu (Zhang Lei), a Beijing journalist, took part in a seventeen-day expedition to fight the poachers. Subsequently, he wrote an article which played a fundamental role in changing the government's approach to the problem. Based on actual events which took place in 1993–96, this para-documentary captures the journalist's travels with the Tibetan patrol, led by their experienced and legendary leader Ritai.

Filmmaker Lu Chuan (The Missing Gun, City of Life and Death) combines western elements with austere footage of a dangerous and difficult journey under harsh climatic conditions at altitudes approaching 5,000 meters. The Kekexili nature reserve is huge yet sparsely beautiful, as Lu Chuan's mastery of filmmaking leads you to despise the poachers—but somehow you end up understanding their plight as much as that of the patrol—in this exciting tale of brotherhood, danger and antelopes in the mountains of Tibet.

Directed by Lu Chuan, China/Hong Kong, 2004, 90 mins. In Mandarin and Tibetan with English subtitles.

The screening will be preceded by a reception and followed by a discussion led by Facets Cinémathèque Film Program Director, Charles Coleman.


  • Monday, Nov. 20 at 6:30 pm


Facets Patron Circle Members and one guest admitted for free

There are no presale tickets—you must receive an invitation from us.

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