China and Inner Asia
A Woman Who Paints Thangkas
Directed and Produced by Ming Xue. 2019. United States / China. 25 minutes.
Country/region featured: Qinghai Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China
In-person Q&A with Ming Xue.
Rebgong (Qinghai province, China) is well-known for its Tibetan Buddhist thangka art for centuries. However, Tibetan women were not allowed to learn or to paint thangkas, until recent years. Lutso is one of the few Tibetan female thangka painters in Rebgong. She is also a mother, a wife, and the oldest daughter in the family. The film captures Lutso’s unique life as a thangka painter, who has a career to develop and a family to support.
Distributed by the filmmaker