Friday, March 8th
6:00 pm: Doors open
7:00 pm: Tibet in Song (English)
9:00 pm: Old Dog (Tibetan with English subtitles)
Saturday, March 9th
1:00 pm: Doors open
2:00 pm: My Reincarnation (English) - followed by Q & A with Jurme Wangda, President of Ottawa Friends of Tibet and former bodyguard of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Angela Sumegi, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Religion at Carleton University and Founder and Director of Palyul Namdroling Foundation Canada.
4:30 pm: When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (English) - followed by Q & A with Dechen Pemba, Tibetan Activist and Editor of the website High Peaks Pure Earth
7:00 pm: Tibet: terre des braves (French and Tibetan with English subtitles) - followed by Q & A with film Director Geneviève Brault and Marijo Demers, whom the film follows.
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GENERAL ADMISSION: $12 STUDENT ADMISSION: $10
FESTIVAL PASS: $35
Title: Tibet: Terre des Braves (Tibet: Land of the Brave)
Director: Geneviève Brault
Language: French with English Subtitles
A cinematic journey to one of the most remote places on the planet, Tibet: Land of the Brave transports the audience into the everyday lives of Tibetan herders, seen through the eyes of Gyamtso, Marijo and their daughter, Yangchen. Following this Tibetan-Canadian couple, who are expecting their second child in Tibet’s snowy mountains, Tibet: Land of the Brave explores how China’s radical turn toward a market economy has devastating effects on the nomadic lifestyle.
Title: Old Dog
Director: Pema Tseden
Language: Tibetan with English Subtitles
Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden fills his extraordinary third film with emotional allegory, conjured by the sights and sounds of rural China. Old Dog opens as middle-aged Gonpo slowly arrives in town on a scooter with his faithful Tibetan mastiff trotting alongside. During his visit, he sells the dog to a Chinese trader who specializes in procuring mastiffs for wealthy landowners as status symbols. s father, Akhu, is disturbed by his son’s lack of regard for their dog and purchases the animal back, initiating the simple story line, which revolves largely around the dog’s destiny and the familial dynamics between Gonpo and Akhu.
Tseden’s film is rich with commentary on the evolving conflict within Tibetan culture, most clearly seen through Akhu’s struggle to respect his dog and perhaps his own rural existence; a way of life that is quickly giving way to a faster-paced mainland culture that his son more easily welcomes. Old Dog’s highly observant narrative reveals artistic insight into the current challenges facing Tibetans, gently moving toward a final tragic sequence that epitomizes Akhu’s conflicted view of his culture’s future.
Title: Tibet in Song
Director: Ngawang Choephel
Tibet in Song is both a celebration of traditional Tibetan folk music and a harrowing journey into the past fifty years of cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet. Director and former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, weaves a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience, introducing Tibet to the world in a way never before seen on film.
The beauty of traditional Tibetan folk music is showcased through a variety of working songs, songs about family and the beauty of the land. These rarely seen performances are deftly juxtaposed against startling footage of the early days of the Chinese invasion and a concise explanation of the factors leading to the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile in 1959. Ngawang Choephel sets the stage for a unique exploration of the Chinese impact on Tibetans inside Tibet.
What follows is a heartbreaking tale of cultural exploitation and resistance, which includes Ngawangs’ own eventual imprisonment for recording the very songs at the center of the film. Tibet in Song provides raw and uncensored look at Tibet as it stands today, a country plagued by Chinese brutality, yet willing to fight for the existence of its unique cultural heritage.
Tibet in Song is directed by Ngawang Choephel, and contains both original music composed by Ngawang himself, and an array of traditional folk songs sung by native Tibetans.
Title: When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun
Director: Dirk Simon
Why hasn’t Tibet been freed? Who is keeping the movement from going forward? From director Dirk Simon, When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun is a groundbreaking documentary that examines these questions in a quest to understand why the world is still dealing with unsettled issues like the Tibetan cause and what can really be done to eradicate them.
Seven years in the making, When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun is the first inside look at the Tibetan movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation, its internal conflicts and contradictions. The combination of full HD footage from India, China, Tibet and the US along with a prologue narrated by Dennis Haysbert and an original soundtrack by Philip Glass, Thom Yorke and Damien Rice make this the first film that presents the complexity of the struggle with such emotional impact. The film features Richard Gere, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the 14th Dalai Lama, the newly crowned 18th descendant of the Great Religious Kings of Tibet, some of the most prominent Chinese contemporary artists, and all the key figures of the exiled Tibetan freedom movement and their followers.
Title: My Reincarnation
Director: Jennifer Fox
Filmed over twenty years by acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox (FLYING: CONFESSIONS OF A FREE WOMAN), MY REINCARNATION chronicles the epic story of the high Tibetan Buddhist Master, Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, and his western-born son, Yeshi. The film follows Namkhai Norbu’s rise to greatness as a Buddhist teacher in the West, while his son, Yeshi, recognized at birth as the reincarnation of a famous spiritual master, breaks away from his father’s tradition to embrace the modern world. Can the father convince his son to keep the family’s threatened spiritual legacy alive? Never before has a high Tibetan Master allowed such complete access to his private life and it is doubtful that another ever will. With her signature intimate entry to both family and icons including the Dalai Lama, Fox expertly distills a decades-long drama into a universal story about love, transformation, and destiny.