Vultures of Tibet (21 minutes)

USA/Canada | 2013
Tibetan and Chinese with English subtitles


  • Mature Subject Matter

Russell O. Bush
Vultures of Tibet

Sky Burial, a private ritual that involves offering the bodies of Tibetan dead to wild griffon vultures, has become a tourist attraction. Burial sites are now highlighted on tourist maps and local officials charge admission to visitors who take photos and video, often posting them online against the wishes of affected families. This documentary exposes an ideological conflict often hidden to the outside world and reveals the potential for oppression in the act of looking.