Inspiring Dialogue, Not Dissent, in China

8/20/2015   by Ian Johnson

When the Tibetan farmer Zanta’s husband died, she was forced by local custom to move in with her in-laws, who forbade her son to attend school. Instead, she packed up and moved to Beijing, where she was helped by a relative from another lifetime…(Read more)


 ‘Nowhere To Call Home’ : A New Perspective On Tibet

 8/19/2014  by Eric Meyer

The problem with debates about Tibet, is that they typically escalate into emotionally charged disagreements over Tibet’s historic status as an independent nation, what territory constitutes Tibet today, and whether Tibet should be independent or remain…(Read more)


American Film On A Tibetan Migrant Finds Unlikely Success — In China

1/15/2015  by Frank Langfitt

An American filmmaker has made a documentary on Tibet. Those two elements alone might seem grounds for China’s Communist Party to ban it, but instead the film — Nowhere to Call Home — quietly has been making the rounds…(Read more)


After Battling Chinese Authorities and a Tight Budget, a First-Time Filmmaker Emerges

11/11/2014  by Shako Liu

Jocelyn Ford had been a foreign correspondent for nearly three decades before making her first documentary, Nowhere To Call Home: A Tibetan In Beijing. The film follows Zanta, a Tibetan street vendor in China, and explores the lives of Tibetans…(Read more)


Prejudice, exclusion and sexism is all part of life for a Tibetan migrant in Beijing 

8/28/2014 by Matthew Bell

Ford was trying to report about life in Tibetan areas of southwest China, which are generally off-limits to foreign reporters. She hoped the woman might have contacts who could help her out, so Ford bought a bracelet as an excuse to…(Read more)


Interview: Racism, Sexism, and The Need for a New Way of Talking About Tibet    

4/27/2015 by Eric Fish

As Beijing-based reporter Jocelyn Ford was preparing for work one morning, she got a desperate call from a Tibetan woman named Zanta who she’d encountered selling jewelry on an overpass two years earlier…(Read more)


Documentary Film Reflecting Discrimination against Women Screened in Beijing

12/26/2014 by Yulanda Wang

A documentary film entitled Nowhere to Call Home, produced by independent documentary filmmaker Jocelyn Ford, was screened at Peking University in Beijing on December 24…(Read more)


Documentary Film Reviews: Nowhere To Call Home

6/1/2015 by Emily T. Yeh

Veteran radio correspondent Jocelyn Ford has produced a poignant and important documentary that follows the story of Zanta, a rural Tibetan migrant struggling to make a living in Beijing. The film weaves together …(Read more)


LSE Screens Nowhere To Call Home


Overall, ‘Nowhere to Call Home’ is a thoughtful exploration of why we can see the rules of survival differently, and how these rules begin to blur between fractious communities…(Read more)


LJ Media Reviews: February 1, 2016


Nowhere to Call Home: A Tibetan in Beijing…A startling and affecting film, this is highly recommended. Read More


Nowhere to Call Home: Prejudice in Tibet and China


A lot of times I’ve been really pleased with the Han Chinese high-school kids in Beijing. A lot have said, ‘Well gosh, we see there’s a problem and what do we do about it? Who should be responsible? Can I, as an individual, do anything?’ …(Read more)


The Unlikely Story of a Tibetan Woman

7/9/2014 by Alessandra Spalletta

I met director and Beijing-based journalist Jocelyn Ford in Brussels during the world premiere of her film at the “Millennium Film Festival” and I decided to interview her. She caught my attention because of her curiosity and her…(Read more)


Jocelyn Ford: “What is representative of Tibet?”


Earlier this year documentarian and journalist Jocelyn Ford premiered her documentary Nowhere to Call Home in the MoMA’s Lens on Tibet series, followed by a series of screenings at various universities including in Duke University’s Cine…(Read more)


Nowhere to Call Home – The tale of a Tibetan migrant worker in Beijing

5/9/2014 by Jeremy Blum

There are over 10,000 Tibetans living in Beijing, many of them migrant workers that have moved to the Chinese capital from impoverished regions where the illiteracy rate lies at about 45 per cent…(Read more)


‘Nowhere to Call Home’, a documentary about a Tibetan in Beijing

4/16/2014 by Katie Nelson

Nowhere to Call Home follows a Tibetan farmer who leaves her village to work in Beijing for the sake of her son’s education despite overwhelming discrimination…(Read more)


Nowhere to Call Home Now Available on Demand

9/1/2014 By Andrew Shiue

In her first venture into film, this radio journalist’s compassionate, storytelling voice personalizes a compelling narrative that serendipitously comes upon suspense and a villain when Ford reluctantly (as a foreign journalist) but eagerly (as a woman) becomes involved with a family feud. Read More


Bookworm ’16: “Minority Matters: Focus on Ethnicity in Chinese Culture”

1/4/2016 By LNutchey-Feng

She [Jocelyn Ford] chose this topic because, as she points out very rightly, minority women are often neglected in the media narrative, especially when it comes to Tibet, where Western headlines tend to focus more on the Dalai Lama and the Chinese as aggressors, and less on the more unpleasant aspects of the culture such as shocking gender inequality and mistreatment of women, many of whom are purposefully kept illiterate and experience domestic violence. Read More


U.S. Film on Tibet ‘Nowhere to Call Home’ Strikes a Chord with China

1/17/2015  by Raymond Legaspi

A humanities teacher at a top Beijing high school showed the movie to her students, who found it moving. She said that students had no idea how hard a T​​ibetan’s life could be in the capital, a wake-up call to be nicer and friendlier to migrants. (Read more)


Holding Up Half the Sky: Women Speak Out on the Status of Feminism in China

7/29/2016 by Rebecca Kanthor

Interview with Zanta:
“Men and women are not at all equal [in Tibetan society]. If a man goes to another household to help out, the family will give him a special welcome and a wonderful meal. But if a woman goes, no one asks her to stay for a meal. They don’t even say, “Thank you.” If women do as they please, no one will want to marry them. Women who don’t get married are regarded as losers.” (Read more)


Review: Nowhere To Call Home – New Bloom Magazine

09/24/2016  by Brian Hioe

Given the sensitive nature of some subjects, only a documentary film can capture them since a documentary does not require much financial resources or equipment and can largely fly under the radar of authorities. Such would be the case with Jocelyn Ford’s 2014 Nowhere to Call Home: A Tibetan in Beijing. The film allows a poignant look into the lives of Tibetan migrants in Beijing and their plight, while presenting a complex picture of both China and Tibet. (Read more)


Sexism in Tibet: “Nowhere to Call Home”


A new documentary shows the hidden, sexism-ridden lives of Tibetan women American reporter Jocelyn Ford only set out to snag some contact in inaccessible Tibet. Instead, when she sat down to talk to a Tibetan woman named Zanta, she ended up as part of her own story, experiencing Zanta’s struggles and the deeply-ingrained sexism of Tibetan society. Read More