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Hi Naomi

A lovely film - very reminiscent of Ethiopia, where they collect dung from
all herbivores and use it for walls, internal wall plaster, shelves, bed
platforms, oven covers/lids...

Cheers, Ann

On 7 May 2016 at 19:30, Naomi Miller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi everyone, a friend just passed this link on. It’s great, especially if
> you are interested in dung.
>
> Julia writes: The film is called Yak Dung (牛粪), and is about the manifold
> uses of yak dung by Qinghai pastoralists on the Tibetan plateau. It's
> short (just 49 minutes) and definitely worth taking the time to watch.
>
> Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfpTHOhExGI
>
> And a blurb:
> With temperatures falling as low as -40º C on the plateau, yak dung is a
> valuable source of warmth for herdsmen. A non-polluting fuel, it is used to
> burn offerings to the gods and light oil lamps. Dung can be used to build
> houses and walls. It is the natural fertilizer of the grasslands, and it
> can be used as medicine and for washing clothes. Children can even make
> toys out of it, while artists sometimes sculpt figurines of the Buddha out
> of the material. The quality of the dung is an indicator of the
> environmental health of the plateau and the yaks that roam it. In short,
> for those of us who live on the plateau, dung is something we cannot live
> without. But the day we will have to live without it is getting nearer and
> nearer, and that day we will no longer be ourselves. Filmmaker Lanzhe is a
> Tibetan herdsman from Qinghai Province. This is his first documentary; Yak
> Dung has screened at festivals across China and in Sydney, New York, and
> Toronto.
>
> Naomi
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