The documentary captures a critical moment in the life of a nomad family from Kilung Valley in Dzachuka, Eastern Tibet, July 2004. It depicts the family as they prepare and then ford the Dzachu River with their herds and belongings one last time to go to summer grazing grounds - risking their own lives and the lives of their yaks and sheep in the ice cold meltwater.
For many years, nomads of Kilung Valley have wanted a bridge and now they will have it. The bridge will be finished when families return from summer grazing grounds because the leader of the monastery of the valley, Kilung Rinpoche, has raised funds through his contacts in the Western world and the region. Not only in order to save lives but also to encourage the nomads not to leave their culture.
"Crossing Dzachu River" is the story of a culture threatened by the whims of nature and in the risk of being shattered, it is the story of aid that is coming, and it shows that a third world country can improve life on its own ground.
The documentary was filmed by Kathrine Krake and Addy Elisabeth Ipsen, Denmark.