Who says the lepchas are vanishing & Bang the Drum (2019)

  • Ethnomusicology
  • 1h 10m


Bang the Drum | 2020 | 28 min.

Director: William Nitzky

For the Yao minority in rural south-west China, the bronze drum is a sacred heritage. Its sound aids the souls of deceased elders to reach the ancestral land. When the Chinese government steps in to protect the heritage, the life of the bronze drum takes on a new meaning and becomes an icon for tourist performances. Bang the Drum traces the path heritage takes in a changing China.

Who says the lepchas are vanishing | 2019 | 42 min.

Director: Abhyuday Khaitan

A tribute to Sonam Tshering Lepcha, cultural leader and creator of songs, literature, dances and a museum of the Lepcha people of north-west Bengal and Sikkim (India). His life has been devoted to holding on to Lepcha culture, but how do we hold onto the river that flows beneath our feet? A testament to the struggle of every community that fights the hidden battle of protecting the local in an increasingly global world.

Part of Music Docs, competing for the Ethnomusicology Film Award, in association with the British Forum for Ethnomusicology.

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China, India