This is a 25-minute-long documentary portraying life of Tibetan between 1951 and 1959, a period when Tibet was still under a feudal system. Detail >>
This documentary showes you a true Tibet contrasting between the present and past days of Tibet.
The 1959 Democratic Reform overthrew the dark feudal serf system, and the working class became predominant. Under the guidance of and unremitting support from the central and local governments and through the hard work of Tibet people, living standards have been increasing.
The black and white shots are taken from the documentaries made before 1960. Full story >> Download video >>
According to Old Tibetan law, Tibetans were divided into 3 categories, each was further divided into 3 classes. That meant a total of 9 classes.
This is Pala Villa. The owners´ wealth was beyond our imagination.
His house had about 1,000 rooms, in which there were 50 servants. His family also had 6 other estates in Tibet, and over 50 people to manage the estate.
Gesang Quzhen and her mother slept in a room without roof. They were always hungry, but dared not ask for food.
Deqing Zhuoma´s family were serves for 4 generations. She was born in a cowshed, and she was the 4th generation serf.
Before 1959, there was a practice in Tibet, that is lama service - If a family had two sons, one of them had to be a lama.
The basement of the building was a prison, where many cruel and savage ways of punishments were practiced.
At meal time, the prisoners were sent to the streets to beg for food. Those who could not get food, would have to go hungry. The streets were full of beggars.
Democratic reform was carried out in Tibet, it put an end to the system of feudal serfdom. It turned 1million tibetan serfs into free men.