Windhorse Trailer (1998)


Trailer for Windhorse.

The story of Windhorse begins eighteen years ago in the mountains of western Tibet. There, on a crisp autumn morning, a tiny village awakes. And three small children play at jump-rope -- a brother and sister, Dorjee and Dolkar, and their cousin, Pema. But the idyllic scene is shattered by a sudden gunshot that takes the life of the children's grandfather.

Abruptly, the scene shifts to present day Lhasa, the capitol city of Tibet where we get a triple portrait of the threesome as young adults. The sister, Dolkar, is a taltented singer who has attracted a boyfriend -- a successful young Chinese man named Duan-ping. With his help, Dolkar gets the attention of a high-ranking Chinese government official who can make her a recording star. It would mean money and security for her and her family. But her brother is totally disgusted. Dorjee spends his days with friends in a snooker hall and his nights getting drunk. We also see fleeting aspects of a Tibetan underground political movement in the person of Dorjee's old friend, Lobsang.

Since their days in the village, Dolkar and Dorjee have lost contact with their cousin, Pema, who has become a Buddhist nun. In an early scene, Pema listens in disbelief as Chinese officials ban the display of photos of their spiritual leader, the exiled Dalai Lama. Within days, one of the nuns is arrested for defying the ban. Pema's anger and frustration leads her to spontaneously shout "Free Tibet" in the square in front of the central Buddhist temple in Lhasa. Immediately she is arrested and thrown in prison.

Dolkar and her boyfriend meet with the government official, Mr. Du, who agrees to launch Dolkar's singing career only after eliciting her promise that she will stay out of political trouble. Dorjee nearly ruins everything with a drunken outburst at the disco where she is singing for Mr. Du. But Duan-ping helps cover up the problem and Dolkar records several songs for her CD/tape, including a reverential anthem to Chairman Mao. So successful is her recording that Duan-ping and Mr. Du arrange for her to sing on national Chinese television.

2 min 7 sec


Posted On
November 18, 2010
Paul Wagner

Julia Elliot


September 16, 1998
Jampa Kelsang
Richard Chang
Lu Yü
Taije Silverman
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