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This sumptuously photographed epic--set high in the Himalayas (duh)--is such a towering achievement, you just may be tempted to sing rousing choruses of "Climb Every Mountain." In a tiny Nepalese village, a proud, old chieftain is determined to lead the annual caravan through the mountains, but it's a treacherous journey requiring weeks of foot travel in blizzard conditions.
Yikes! Or, rather, yaks. Lots of them are used in the caravan to transport bags of salt, which the villagers trade for much needed grain. A generational power struggle erupts when the chieftain is challenged by the younger and stronger Karma (Gurgon Kyap), who decides to helm the hairy herd himself. Directed by National Geographic photographer Eric Valli, this tale of faith and tradition features breathtaking vistas, a hypnotic soundtrack and impressive performances by the largely nonprofessional cast. Make the hike to Himalaya, but leave your yaks at home.