Buddha and the Snow Leopards

Snow leopards are one of the most endangered cat species worldwide and are strictly protected. Their habitat continuously shrinks because of environmental destruction and the local herdsmen broadening their pastures. A conflict between humans and nature. Buddhist monks try to solve this conflict with an extraordinary project: The herdsmen are given cameras to document their daily lives and rediscover their traditional understanding of nature.

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  • 10/2014 - „Buddha and the Snow Leopards“ TV premiere on arte

    Our Chinese co-production (Beijing New Century Media, Sun Media International, CCTV9 and NDR/arte) about the snow leopard will premiere October [...]

    Our Chinese co-production (Beijing New Century Media, Sun Media International, CCTV9 and NDR/arte) about the snow leopard will premiere October 20th at 4:15pm on arte.   The film deals with the conflict between local herdsmen and the leopards, which prey on their sheep. Buddhist monks try to solve this conflict with an extraordinary project: The herdsmen are given cameras to document their daily lives and rediscover their traditional understanding of nature.   The film was awarded at Jiayuguan International Short Film Festival.

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  • 04/2013 - Chinese-German co-production with China’s biggest channel CCTV

    Together with the Chinese production company Beijing New Century Media (BNCM) we are soon going to produce the stunning nature [...]

    Together with the Chinese production company Beijing New Century Media (BNCM) we are soon going to produce the stunning nature and society documentary „Snow Leopard“ for China’s biggest channel CCTV as well as NDR and NDR/arte. The director will be Zhou Bing – one of China’s most famous directors. The author will be Emmy Award winner Paul Gasek.



Buddha and the Snow Leopards

Snow leopards are one of the most endangered cat species worldwide and are strictly protected. No more than 6.000 to 8.000 of the rare cats remain today. Their habitat continuously shrinks because of environmental destruction and the local herdsmen broadening their pastures. Time and again, the herdsmen – their lifestock being diminished by the cats – feel entitled to shoot the snow leopards. Especially in the winter, when they mostly attack their sheep and yaks. A conflict between humans and nature. Now, at the holy Chinese mountain of Nyenpo Yurtse in Qinghai, Buddhist monks try to solve this conflict. Their project is extraordinary: The herdsmen are given cameras to document their daily lives and rediscover their traditional understanding of nature.

Spectacular views on Qinghai’s mountains, extremely rare footage of the endangered snow leopards as well as an intimate understanding of the herdsmens’ lives on the Tibetan Plateau create an exceptional film experience.

Written & Directed by Zhou Bing, Qiu Min, Xu Zhixiang
Director of Photography: Liu Yang, Miao Zhuang
Li Zhen, Lan Zhe, Le Wang, Zhou Jie
Editing: Xu Zhixiang, Philipp Gromov
Music: He Bin, Milan Meyer-Kaya
Sound: Liu Ying
Producers: Zhou Mingwei, Liu Wen
Lv Zhi, Zhou Bing, Christian Beetz
Commissioning Editors: Ralf Quibeldey (NDR)
Larissa Klinker (NDR/arte), Zhou Yan (CCTV9)

Koproduktion

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  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    arte
    20 October 2014 at 4:15 pm

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    arte
    20 October 2014 at 4:15 pm

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    Cinema 1 - Innsbruck Nature Film Festivals
    23 October 2014 at 10:35 pm

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    arte
    27 October 2014 at 7:45 am

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    Stefaniensaal - Mountainfilm Graz
    15 November 2014 at 4:00 pm

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    NDR
    09 April 2015 at 8:15 pm

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    NDR
    09 April 2015 at 8:15 pm

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    NDR
    10 April 2015 at 3:15 pm

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    Cinema Paradiso - St. Pölten
    24 April 2015 at 12:00 am

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    Cinema Paradiso - St. Pölten
    10 May 2015 at 12:00 am

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    Cinema Paradiso - St. Pölten
    17 May 2015 at 12:00 am

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    Cinema Paradiso - St. Pölten
    18 May 2015 at 12:00 am

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    arte
    24 July 2015 at 6:25 pm

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    EinsFestival
    18 September 2015 at 2:30 pm

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    EinsFestival
    19 September 2015 at 10:45 am

  • Buddha and the Snow Leopards

    EinsFestival
    21 September 2015 at 9:00 am