A young photographer creates staged portraits in a Tibetan mountain village. The backdrops, which include national monuments, Disney figures and tropical islands, are lowered using a squeaky pulley. Prayer wheels or shiny sunglasses show a cultural tradition subject to modern influences.

International title
The Butter Lamp
Filmmaker
Hu Wei
Country
China, France
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
15’
Language
Tibetan
Producer
Julien Féret, Hu Wei
Production Company
AMA Productions
Sales
Hu Wei
Writer
Hu Wei
Cinematography
Jean Legrand
Editor
Hu Wei
Production Design
Hu Wei
Sound Design
Liu Cheng
Cast
Genden Punstok