HUG | Nyima Wangdu
HUG: The purpose of our sound creation this time is to pursue a different Tibet. Tibet is already very familiar to us. We have been living here for nearly five or six years. But through the shooting, I felt a change in the sound of Lhasa.
I grew up in Lhasa but through this video, I still learnt a lot about Lhasa. So I hope this video will give you all a good feeling and also mainly, especially it's about true sound.
Behind the scenes
HUG (director)HUG graduated from the Department of Digital Media Art, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. In 2006, he studied on an exchange program at the Tourcoing Academy of Fine Arts in France. After graduation, he joined the Beijing E-light Media company as a column editor. Later, he moved to Lhasa, Tibet and became an independent documentary filmmaker. In 2019, he co-directed the documentary The Himalayas of The Lonely Ring that was streamed on iQiyi.
LV Taotao (sound)LV Taotao is an independent music producer. He has been living in Tibet since 2009.
ZHANG Hongwen (cinematography)He has rich experience in working in films and TV. His movie credits include Monster Hunt, Hundred Regiments Offensive, Mother's Revenge and Pillow Face 2 directed by Zhao Xiaoxi. He also worked at the tv series Spicy Transformers and the documentary The Himalayas of The Lonely Ring as the main cinematographer.
Nyima Wangdu (cast)Nyima Wangdu is from Ganzi, Sichuan Province. He lost his sight three months after birth because of illness. Being intelligent and persistent, he has been able to grasp every opportunity that life gives to him. He has traveled to the United States and Europe for cultural exchange. Nyima Wangdu is fluent in Tibetan, Chinese and English. He is an inspirational speaker based in Lhasa.
ConceptTibet is admired by numerous people because of the pure faith it brings about, and Lhasa is the holy city of a compassionate heart to accommodate all kinds of lives and sounds. For example, the sound of the Dharma of heaven and earth, joy and sorrow, flowers and grasses, bricks and tiles... You hear crowds chanting and all the sounds are transmitted into one unified energy flow of the Bagor street.
So, in our work, we have presented the sound of Lhasa according to the main concept of “faith evolution”. The protagonist of this short film is blind. His name is Nyima Wangdu. With his walking through different parts of Lhasa, the audience gets to hear and feel the city that is “sounding”. Meanwhile, in Nyima Wangdu’s heart, a holy city is being built based on his imagination, words, and the surrounding sounds.