AUGUST 27, 2016
1:00pm – 2:30pm
The Cup (1999 Dir: Jamyang Khyentse) 1:33hrs
While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat disrupted by soccer fever, the chief instigator being a young student, the soccer enthusiast Orgyen. Prevented by various circumstances from seeing the World Cup finals on television in a nearby village, Orgyen sets out to organize the rental of a TV set for the monastery.
2:40pm – 4:10pm
Old Dog (2012 Dir: Pema Tseden) 1: 28hrs
Owned by Akku (Lochey), an aging sheepherder in an impoverished village on the Himalayan plains, the beast at the center of ‘Old Dog’ is a great deal more valuable than it looks. Prized as pets by Chinese businessmen, mastiffs are regularly stolen for sale on the black market. But when Akku’s drunkard son, Gonpo (Drolma Kyab), secretly sells the dog to a Chinese dealer, he activates a cycle of loss and reclamation that grows increasingly worrisome.
4:20pm – 5:15pm
K2 and the Invisible Footmen (2015 Dir: iara Lee) 55mins
In K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN, filmmaker Iara Lee and team chronicle the lives of both Pakistani porters and Nepalese sherpas. The film also follows the first official all-Pakistani climbing team, made up of former porters, who successfully summited in 2014, in celebration of K2 60th anniversary. Amid breathtaking scenery, the film depicts the everyday sacrifices of porters and the courage of those indigenous climbers who choose to return to scale K2 in spite of past tragedies. In their striving to perfect their craft, these mountaineers provide a fresh look into the cultures and national traditions of Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife.
AUGUST 28, 2016
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Dreaming Lhasa (2005 Dir: Ritu Sarin and Tenzin Sonam) 1:30hrs
Karma, a young Tibetan woman from New York City comes to Dharamsala, the exile headquarters of the Dalai Lama in India, in search of her roots. She is making a documentary film about former political prisoners who have escaped Tibet. One of her interviewees is Dhondup, who has recently fled to India. He reveals to her that his dying mother had made him promise to deliver an old charm box to an exile Tibetan named Loga, and appeals to her for help in locating the man. Their enquiries reveal that Loga, a former CIA-trained resistance fighter, has been missing for the past fifteen years and is presumed to be dead. But is he really dead? As they set out to unravel the mysterious circumstances of his disappearance, Karma finds herself unwittingly attracted to Dhondup even as she is sucked into the vortex of his search, which takes them through the world of the exile Tibetan community in India and becomes a journey of self-discovery.
1:40pm – 2:35pm
Shepherdess of the Glaciers (2015 Dir: Stanzin and Colette Magne) 1:14hrs
Way up in Ladakh – at 16,500 ft, somewhere in the Gya-Miru Valley – lives a shepherdess with a flock of 250 sheep and pashmina goats on a huge deserted rock-strewn mountain. They are her only companions, except for the troubling presence of wolves and a snow leopard; her only link with the outside world is a little transistor.
2:45pm – 3:10pm
LEAVING FEAR BEHIND (2008 DIR: DHONDUP WANGCHEN) 25:09MINS
Leaving Fear Behind (in Tibetan, Jigdrel) is a documentary shot by Dhondup Wangchen and Golog Jigme, two Tibetans from inside Tibet, who longed to bring Tibetan voices to the Beijing Olympic Games. With the global spotlight on China as it rises to host the XXIX Olympics, Tibetans wish to tell the world of their plight and their heartfelt grievances against Chinese rule.
3:25pm – 4:12pm
Tashi’s Turbine (2015 Dir: Amitabh Joshi) 56mins
Tashi Bista dreams to install a makeshift wind turbine in Namdok, a remote village nestled high amongst the Himalayas of Nepal. Namdok, battered by wind and cold has been in darkness for centuries. Wearing Ray Bans to shield his eyes from the dust and just a leather jacket to insulate him from the bitter cold he surveys the village. He grew up in this region without electrical power. He is determined to bring lights to Namdok in an effort to prove himself to the skeptical village community. Tashi's Turbine is a character driven film that shows the impact of one man's dream for light, in a village waiting for development.
4:25pm – 5:15pm
Tibet in Songs (2009 Dir: Ngawang Choephel) 55mins
Filmmaker and former Tibetan political prisoner Ngawang Choephel examines the perpetual struggle of his people to maintain their cultural identity through song in this documentary blending rare footage from before the director was arrested with new scenes filmed in Tibet, India, and the United States.