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Why Are China’s Venture Capitalists Going Gaga Over a Tibetan Pilgrimage Film?

By Liu Fang and Han Wei
A scene from the low-budget docudrama “Paths to the Soul,” which follows a group of pilgrims on a 1,200-mile trek from their village to Mt. Kailash in Tibet. In an act of Buddhist devotion, the pilgrims make the journey while prostrate. Photo: IC
A scene from the low-budget docudrama “Paths to the Soul,” which follows a group of pilgrims on a 1,200-mile trek from their village to Mt. Kailash in Tibet. In an act of Buddhist devotion, the pilgrims make the journey while prostrate. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — A birth, a death, a pilgrimage. A film about the 1,200-mile journey of a pregnant woman, a butcher who wants to atone for his sins and a rag-tag band of villagers who go on foot from their small village in Tibet to the sacred Mt. Kailash has become a surprise winner at the Chinese box office.

It has also found a cult following among an unexpected audience — China’s venture capitalists and startup founders.

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