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Mountain Patrol: Kekexili

The first Chinese production filmed in Tibet, this 2004 epic is based on the true story of a campaign to save endangered Tibetan antelope from poachers. A Beijing reporter travels to the border zone of Kekexili to document a band of hardy Tibetan rangers; woefully undermanned, they're easy targets for marauders as they patrol vast areas of the three-mile-high Himalayan plateau. The altitude, extreme cold, quicksand, and crushing poverty are potent dramatic elements, but of course there's no mention of China's complicity in the area's economic ills; instead writer-director Lu Chuan frames the story as a showdown between the head ranger and the leader of the poachers. In Mandarin and Tibetan with subtitles. 95 min.

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