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Hoop dreams on the Tibetan Plateau

Documentary explores nomads' changing lives and a favorite sport: basketball

Ethnic Tibetans play basketball in "Ritoma," a documentary by Hong Kong's Oscar-winning filmmaker Ruby Yang. (Courtesy of Chang Ai Media Project Ltd.)

HONG KONG -- Signs of modern life are creeping into Ritoma, a village on the Tibetan Plateau in China's northwest Gansu Province.

The nomads who live here are abandoning their traditional livelihood of herding sheep and yaks in favor of steady work, there are fewer horses and more motorbikes and SUVs on the roads, and young women are getting an education.

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