Mustang is a remote and little-known kingdom bordering Tibet in the Nepali Himalaya. The peoples of Upper Mustang live as their medieval ancestors did. In this harsh and inaccessible environment, ancient Buddhist sects have remained unadulterated since the 14th century.
Talking to the Air provides a window into that feudal life and into Buddhist dependence on and worship of the horse, considered to be central to spiritual welfare, culture and tradition. The film centers around the three-day Yartung Horse Festival that celebrates the end of the monsoon, and captures the beauty of the culture as priests and monks ride out into the fields en masse to perform unique ceremonies attached to the horse.
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Talking to the Air premiered in December, 2014, at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival.
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