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* Length 60 minutes
* Produced by John Page, 1993. Associate producers: Chris Breemen, Helena Norberg & Hodge & Eric Walton
* Narrated by John Page
* Based on the book Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh by Helena Norberg-Hodge. Read more here: localfutures.org/publications/ancient-futures-book-helena-norberg-hodge/
Ladakh, or 'Little Tibet', is a wildly beautiful desert land high in the Western Himalayas. It is a place of few resources and an extreme climate. Yet for more than a thousand years, it has been home to a thriving culture. Traditions of frugality and cooperation, with an intimitate and location-specific knowledge of the environment, enabled the Ladakhis not only to survive but to prosper. Then came 'development'. Now in Leh, the capital, one finds pollution and divisiveness, inflation and unemployment, intolerance and greed. Centuries of ecological balance and social harmony are under threat of modernization.
Ancient Futures is much more than a film about Ladakh. The breakdown of Ladakh's culture and environment forces us to re-examine what we really mean by 'progress' - not only in the 'developing' parts of the world, but in the industrialized world as well. The story of Ladakh teaches us about the root causes of environmental, social and psychological problems, and provides valuable guidelines for our own future. Watch the trailer here: youtu.be/aJ7foGfU3EU.
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