This documentary presents the complex reciprocal saturation of human communities, gods, Buddha Dharma and natural landscape marked with religious significance. Through the narratives of a father and son, this film illustrates both the transcendental and inter-sentient dimensions of Tibetan sacred sites and of their ecological significance. It documents a ritualized relationship of people and the place of their dwelling and natural surroundings.
- China 2013, 60 min
- Tibetan and English with Czech subtitles
- Directors: Dan Smyer Yu and Pema Tashi
- Ethnological documentary
This ethnographic film documents Khenpo Sodargye’s lectures and dialogues with social scientists in North America and Europe on the topics of environmental health, human flourishing, the scientific understanding of the mind, and Buddhist vision of world peace in spring 2013.
Hari, a taxi driver in Dharamsala, in northern India, is preparing to take his vows in a marriage arranged by his father. Tradition states that the engaged couple may not see each other prior to their wedding day. However, telephone contact is not proscribed. Hari is thinking about how marriage will change his life and that of his intended, who will – like all Indian girls – leave her own family to become part of her husband’s, as well as how he will perform as a husband and whether he will be able to feed his future children.
- 29 min. / Documentary USA
- Director: Galek Palsang
On the invitation and prayers of tribal leaders, the Dalai Lama travels to a poor and remote Muslim village at the India Pakistan border. More than a symbolic gesture, the visit results in an invitation by the Dalai Lama to provide a modern education to children from the village while insuring their religious and cultural heritage. Without this film, this amazing story would never be known or seen.
Based partly on true accounts, A Girl From China is a story of discovery, relationship and eventual change in perception. A Shanghai-born Que comes to India to fulfill her childhood dream. In a fateful twist of event, she comes across Karma, a young exile Tibetan artist living in Delhi. Together they journey to Dharamsala, the exile Tibetan enclave in North India. The film tangentially shows that ultimately human relationship can bring about deeper understanding of things.
Twenty four hours in the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from the beginning of his day which starts, at 3 am till dusk when he goes to bed. During that cumulative day, the Dalai Lama carried out his morning fitness training, his walk along the residential alleys, his prayers and meditations. These are followed by audiences, press-conferences and giving blessings to pilgrims. On the same day the Dalai Lama gave his teachings to the Buddhists from Russia and Mongolia.
1928 Soviet Union, a film by Vsevolod Pudovkin, 120 minutes
Silent with live music and an live introduction by Tibetologist Luboš Bělka
The Tibetan-speaking Dolpo in northwestern Nepal is one of the most isolated regions in the world. Surrounded by the enormous Himalayas, the people of Dolpo live to a large extent without electricity and modern communication and without the pressures of assimilation felt in China or India. The Dolpo, far removed from the Nepalese government, is a place where Buddhist culture