The star of this pleasant documentary is a chubby and very cute baby. She doesn't have a name. She is quiet. She has big eyes and spends much of her time looking at her parents, Locho and Yama, who work around the tent (home), which happens to be in the middle of a hilly grassland and surrounded by yaks and other domestic animals. The baby's mother is always busy (collecting dried yak dung, preparing yak milk, and keeping the fire going), and her father is not as busy (he has time to look at himself in the mirror, put cream on his face, and worry about pimples). This is the simple life of Tibetan nomadic herders. You enter their world as an anthropologist, as one who is interested in their habits and material wealth—what do they own, how do they cook, where do they crap, when do they sleep and wake up? Once these questions have been answered, you leave the doc with a feeling that your knowledge of the ways and cultures of the human animal has improved. Northwest Film Forum, Dec 30–Jan 5.

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