Founder - Himalayan International Film Festival
Writer and Director: TAINTED FREEDOM - A SHORT film
Khenrab Palden was born in a small Tibetan refugee settlement in India in 1981. After completing middle school in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, where he was raised, in 2000 he joined Central University of Tibetan Studies in the Indian city of Varanasi. In 2005 he was awarded the Five College Tibetan Studies Program Scholarship at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Palden graduated from Hampshire College in 2009 with an undergraduate’s degree in Film Studies and Anthropology.
After years of working in non profit organizations and art institutions such as the Rubin Museum of Art (Curatorial Department Intern 2010 – 2011) and the Tibetan Youth Congress NY (Executive Secretary 2011 – 2013), Khenrab decided to pursue his own artistic endeavor and goals. He has since had photo exhibitions in New York, Minnesota and Seattle and continues to learn and improve his artistic talent. In 2014, with the help of over 105 contributors, he raised $6,920 of the pledged $5,500 on Kickstarter in order to realize his film Tainted Freedom – A Short Film
Palden was granted asylum by the US State Department in New York City in 2016.
In 2015, Khenrab initiated the 1st ever Himalayan International Film Festival in Seattle with support from the Tibetan community and Seattle Center. He envisions to creating a platform for young filmmakers and in particular filmmakers from the Pan-Himalayan regions where they can showcase their work and talent through art, films and storytelling. Every year, #himiff brings breathtaking views and poignant stories from countries like Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan at the Seattle Center’s Armory Loft in Seattle, WA. Khenrab believes a festival like this is long overdue in the Seattle Art scene. The 4th Himalayan International Film Festival (Aug 25 & 26, 2018) highlighted on A Collection of Tibetan Movies and brought to our community award winning movies including Pema Tseden's Tharlo and young and upcoming French Tibetan filmmaker Tenzin Dasel's Royal Cafe.
Work is important for Khenrab but creating a community around his work is more important to him. "It's not about the best that comes out of what I do but rather it's all about the best that I can give to it," that's Khenrab's mantra in life.
Professionally Khenrab works for Tasveer, a non profit based in Seattle where he has been filling in the role of Sponsorship Coordinator since 2016. Tasveer organizes the largest South Asian Film Festival in the United States.
Khenrab’s most recent short film, Lucy and Tenzin, 2018, will be screened at the Children Film Festival, Seattle on Jan 27 & 30, 2019, at the Northwest Film Forum. Lucy and Tenzin was shot in 2017 with a 16 mm Arriflex camera. The purpose of working in film, Khenrab says, “because I wanted to experience how it was like making movies back in the days.”