Hicksville , Hicksville, NY
My dear friend Abby recommended that we watch this movie for this month's dinner night. I absolutely love this movie and I thought it was a great idea. I hope you can join in and enjoy this beautiful story (and watch Brad at his finest) on May 24th. We can have a wonderful vegetarian potluck dinner and discussion after the movie. Here's more information about the movie- Seven Years in Tibet is a 1997 film based on the experiences of mountaineer Heinrich Harrer in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during the Second World War, the interim period, and the Chinese People's Liberation Army invasion in 1950. The film was directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starred Brad Pitt and David Thewlis. In the autumn of 1939, Heinrich Harrer, the famous Austrian mountaineer, and his countryman Peter Aufschnaiter, set out to climb Nanga Parbat, one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas. The self-centered Harrer, whose sole preoccupation was the achievement of fame and glory, would experience an emotional awakening on his fantastic journey that would take him form the heights of conquest to the depths of internment in a British prisoner-of-war camp, then from escape and a harrowing two-year trek through the Himalayas to the mysterious Tibetan city of Lhasa. As a stranger in a strange land which few westerners have ever visited, Harrer was befriended by the young Dalai Lama, and was asked to tutor the religious leader in English, geography and the ways of the Western world. He would eventually spend seven years in Tibet, during a period of tremendous political upheaval in that country, graced with the friendship and the spiritual enlightenment of the young Dalai Lama. As the deep and abiding bond between these two isolated, lonely people evolved, the selfish and egotistical Harrer experienced selflessness for the first time, allowing him to complete the emotional transformation which began on his way to Lhasa.
More information about Tibet-
NY Times article about its current plight-
Food- Please bring a vegetarian dish or some wine/other drinks. As always I will provide the main dish and a few other items. Thank you. Transportation- my house is a short drive from the Hicksville train station. You can just call me when you get off the train and I can arrange for you to be picked up. Hope to see you there. Lavanya