The screenings will start at 2:00PM on both days at the seattle center.

day 1: aug 22, 2015

HIMALAYA (4:23 mins)

“Himalaya” (हिमालय) literally means "abode of snow”. And this range actually is home to nine of the ten highest peaks on Earth, including the highest, Mount Everest, which is called  Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma – The Goddess Mother of Earth – in Tibet. It is also home to thousands of people, stretching through five countries: Nepal, India, Bhutan, China (Tibet) and Pakistan.

Dir: Berta Tilmantaite

THE LETTER (24:00 mins)
"The Letter" portrays a very personal relationship between the filmmaker and his daughter. Pema Dhondup, best known for his narrative We Are No Monk (2004), relives his own childhood in this powerful documentary through the eyes of his young daughter who travels to India from Los Angeles. As the young daughter meets her grandparents and other elderly relatives of her parents, she learns about exile and the struggle Tibetan people have carried on for a half decade under the guidance of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. 

Dir: Pema Dhondup

ALMOST TIBETAN (15:00 mins)
Immigrant families that move to the US face a huge problem: how to maintain their heritage and costumes while adapting to a new culture? Tenzin, 16, a Tibetan-American son of refugees, was born in New York City. He struggles to please his father who believes his son has become too Americanized. To strengthen Tenzin’s ties with the community, he is sent to a Tibetan weekend school in Queens where he has to learn how to read, write and speak Tibetan all day. The problem is, as a teenager, when does Tenzin have the time to discover who he really is?

Dir: João Inada

TROUBLED WATER (7:00 mins)

The 39-minute-long documentary deals with the issue of water scarcity in Kathmandu Valley. The film took over five years to complete and includes footages compiled over the period. It explores the acute problems the city has been facing due to its haphazard urbanisation and unmanaged development.

Dir: Govinda Nepal


MISS TIBET: BEAUTY IN EXILE (71:00 mins)

High in the Indian Himalayas, in the epicenter of the exiled Tibetan world, a maverick Tibetan impresario stages an unexpected spectacle: a western style beauty pageant. When a Tibetan/American teenager travels to India to participate in this 'pageant with a difference', she finds herself not just competing for a crown, but confronting the intersection between her cultural identity and life in the western world.

Dir: Norah Shapiro

day 2: aug 23, 2015

HIMALAYA (4:23 mins)

“Himalaya” (हिमालय) literally means "abode of snow”. And this range actually is home to nine of the ten highest peaks on Earth, including the highest, Mount Everest, which is called  Sagarmatha in Nepal and Chomolungma – The Goddess Mother of Earth – in Tibet. It is also home to thousands of people, stretching through five countries: Nepal, India, Bhutan, China (Tibet) and Pakistan.

Dir: Berta Tilmantaite

 

TAINTED FREEDOM (12:00 mins)

A former political prisoner from Tibet seeks to start a new life in America but memories of his tainted past continue to haunt him

Dir: Khenrab Palden


THE RED DOOR (15:00 mins)
A man wakes up to the sound of water drops leaking from the sky of his bleak world. A contact with the outside world comes through a mobile phone devoid of human connect. The journey begins with the man carrying a red door through a lush, green field full of promise of bountiful harvest. The quest continues through a maze of trees but never leaving the trodden path. Then he crosses a bridge to the second half of life where he clambers up a rugged and withering landscape. He reaches a world of mute, standing stones.
From the opulent green to the world of withered and unappealing brown, and finally he reaches the mountaintop tired, he enters the door and says, “Mother, I am home” and goes to sleep.
Maybe death is as mundane as opening a door. When we die, we just enter another door, and say, “Mother, I am home”. Perhaps we never die; we only enter another door into another world. We would only enter, enter into new life again and again and again. We never exit. If there is reincarnation, then death is birth. You are born again. There is no death.

Dir: Tashi Gyeltshen



TALKING TO THE AIR: THE HORSES OF THE LAST FORBIDDEN KINGDOM (58:00 mins)


The horse has been central to existence, culture and spirituality in Mustang, Nepal, an ancient Kingdom on the Tibetan border.  Here, where a man’s wealth can still be measured in horses, the Lo people of Mustang have depended on the equine for their survival and their own karmic being is bound to the lives of their horses.  


Pivotal to the film is the three-day Yartung festival where racing events pit the most bold village riders against each other and daring riders are said to be “talking to the air” as they careen along on their small, strong horses.  With a new road and the march of globalization, life here is on the verge of massive change. With lush cinematography, and insightful interviews, “Talking to the Air” explores the local festivals and shares remarkable stories from Mustang’s royal families and other young maverick horsemen. 

The film also recounts the little known story of the CIA’s covert operations in Mustang, and features rare archival footage of the Dalai Lama’s flight on horseback over the Himalaya.  The scholarly and perceptive voices of anthropologist Dr. Sienna Craig - author of "Horses Like Lightning" and Mikel Dunham, author of "Buddha's Warriors" are also featured.   This beautiful film also turns a lens on issues of globalization, fragile border politics and the precarious future for Mustang’s distinctive equine culture. This documentary film is part of an ongoing series from Horsefly Films Rare Equine Trust - a cinematic library dedicated to capturing the stories of vanishing equine cultures. 

Dir: Sophie Dia Pegrum

 

TASHI AND THE MONK (39:00 mins)

On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Former Buddhist monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago left a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children.

5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?

Dir: Andrew Hinton & Johnny Burke