Human Stories 52'

Zanskar: a winter of happiness

Nestled 3,500 meters high in the ancient Himalayan kingdom, India’s Zanskar valley has stayed isolated for centuries. But at the end of a perilous and icy road, a beautiful village opens its doors. It is home to a community of nuns whose joy and extraordinary generosity contrast with the hardness of their land. 15 years after her first journey there, director Caroline Riegel returns to visit these women, and shares their daily life over the course of one winter. She captures a moving testimony of a unique place where times seems to stand still.

Direction: Caroline Riegel

Production: ZED for ARTE

Languages: French, English

awards & festivals

  • Escales Voyageuses Festival

    Official selection

  • Curieux voyageurs

    Official selection

  • Les Rendez-Vous de l'Aventure

    Official selection

  • Gangtok International Film Festival (GIFF)

    "Film on Women" Prize

  • Autrans Mountain Film Festival 2021

    Alpes Is(h)ere Award

  • Autrans Mountain Film Festival 2021


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