The Lost Caves of Tibet documentary is the first of two which explore the cave temples found in Mustang, which is is the former Kingdom of Lo, where Tibetan languages are still widely spoken and traditional Tibetan culture remains.
Mustang’s status as a kingdom ended in 2008 when its suzerain Kingdom of Nepal became a republic.
The influence of the outside world, especially China, is growing and contributing to a rapid change in the lives of Mustang’s people.
The Lost Caves of Tibet – Kingdom of Mustang synopsis:
In 2007 Liesl Clark filmed her husband Pete Athans and climber Renan Ozturk as they tried to access some of these caves, and record them for the first time.
They had only a month to do the work on this visit, and they get off to a poor start being obstructed by snow blizzards.
Eventually, they get some fine weather and began the exploration in earnest, turning up long lost paintings and artifacts from the caves, including manuscripts.
Later they are joined by an archaeological crew, both local and foreign, as they access more of the caves.
The locals are not always happy with them trespassing on their property, and there is an incident where they are stopped on the edge of a cave, and money is demanded.
They have to pay up to gain entrance, and when they do get inside the cave is empty and worthless, which the local leaders find amusing.
One very nice thing about the film is that Liesl and Pete take their young children along with them, and they seem to be perfectly adapted to the life. Like all young kids, they are little explorers in the making.
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