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No.16, Barkhor South Street

Director, Editing, Sound: Duan Jin-chuan
Photography: rDor-rje
Producer: Thashi-Dawa (bKra-shis-zia-wa),Wei Bin
Production Company:
CHINA /1996 / Tibetian / Color /Video / 100 min

Duan Jin-chuan

Born in 1962 in Chengdu, Sichuan. After graduating from the Beijing Broadcasting Academy in 1984, moved to Tibet to produce documentaries. Films include Highland Barley (86), The Blue Mask Consecration (88), Tibet (91), The Sacred Site of Asceticism (92, with Wen Pulin, YIDFF '93 Asia Program), and The Square (94, with Zhang Yuan, YIDFF '95 International Competition).


No. 16, Barkhor South Street is a new documentary by Duan Jinchuan, whose work was showcased at Yamagata in 1993 and 1995. The title address is the office of the Barkhor Neighborhood Committee in Lhasa, Tibet where officials and community workers deal with various events and neighborhood problems in 1995.

Director's Statement

The Barkhor Street is a street surrounding the Jokhang Monastery. All the people regard it as the center of Lhasa. It is not only secular, but also religious. But people seldom realize that old courtyards, alleys paved with rock, newly built Tibetan style houses and shopping centers in the Barkhor Street are under the influence of politics.

The Barkhor Street Neighborhood Committee is the most basic unit of the Party and government here. The main responsibility of the committee is to implement governmental policies, measures and directions. With the help of such basic units, the governments at all levels manage the Barkhor Street, as well as the whole society effectively.


Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival Organizing Committee