Four Sisters from Baima 白馬四姐妹

Four Sisters from Baima 白馬四姐妹
The Baima tribe is a Tibetan branch that still maintained primitive matriarchy and lived on hunting not long ago. In 1999, as a protective measure against the disastrous floods in the area where the Baima tribe has always lived, the government decided to blockade the mountain area and hunting was no longer allowed. This forced the tribe to change its traditional lifestyle. The four sisters in the documentary are the most beautiful girls in the Baima tribe. Blessed with native talents like singing and dancing, they are among the first to explore the local tourist business. They make money through performing for tourists and this caused controversy among the villagers. However, some of them followed the four sisters’ example and joined the tourism business. The once quiet village is getting restless everyday ever since.

Directed by Zhang Tongdao, 68 mins; 2003; English Subtitles

張同道《白馬四姐妹》 68 mins, 2003 (Four Sisters From BaiMa)
白馬藏族是藏族的一支,散佈在四川甘肅交界的白馬溝。原來靠伐木、打獵為生,1998年長江洪水之後,中國政府施行天然林保護工程,他們賴以生存的山林被封,白馬人被迫尋找新的生活方式。四姐妹一家住在厄裡寨,率先搞起家庭旅遊,居然引來不少游客,也在村民間引發爭論。然而,不管同意還是反對,寨子上的遊客越來越多,不少村民效法四姐妹蓋起新房,開展家庭旅遊。昔日平靜的山村突然變得喧鬧。 (英文字幕)

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