This is a film from Nepal about the idea of the Sacred Valley, or Beyul, which is a concept similar to Shangra-la, a hidden away valley where people live in peace and prosperity, and in harmony with nature.
The film looks at how this concept has helped with conservation through the ages, and how a sense of the sacred guides people in their relationship with the natural world, especially as it pertains to the Sherpa culture.
It also shows how these traditional concepts are being embedded in national park management in Nepal, providing a stronger guidance on the protection and use of natural resources in the country.
For this reason we see how traditional religions and science can work together to help protect the natural world from the forces of greed that have been unleashed upon it.
It is also one of the few films I have seen which fits into all three categories this site is concerned with: Culture, Dharma and Ecology.
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