Sunday Afternoon Film Series
In our continuing effort to present the art, history, culture of Tibet to a wide audience, the Museum holds Sunday Afternoon Film Screenings at 2:00 PM. This program began in 2012 and since then, the Museum has presented over 30 screenings from its collection of educational feature and documentary films, some of which were filmed in Tibet by Tibetan filmmakers and directors, that highlight Tibetan art and culture.
2018 Films: October and November
October 7th – Yangsi – Jigme Lhundrup is the “Yangsi”, the reincarnation of a greatly revered Tibetan Buddhist Meditation master. He must train to uphold this legacy from the age of four. Even with the loving support of his teachers and family the way forward is not always clear. Questions begin to arise about the place of his tradition in the modern world, and his own abilities. Mark Elliott directed this documentary which was filmed on location in Bhutan, Nepal, India, France and the United States.
October 14th – Sky Dancer – Sky Dancer is a film about the daily life and teachings of one of Tibet’s great female masters. In a world where ethnic and political tensions are driving people apart, we are transported to a community where Tibetan and Chinese students study together and are treated as equals. The film is an inside look at Khandroma Kunzang Wangmo, an extraordinary woman who is a living example of wisdom and compassion in a world that so often seems to be lacking genuine examples of both.
October 28 – Angry Monk –This documentary is the story of “modern” Tibet, encapsulated by a monk in the early 20th century. Feeling constrained, Gendun Cheophel (1903-1951) broke out of Tibet and traveled in India, bringing his experiences and ideas home to his people through his writings and painting. Choephel was ahead of his time, a prototype for critical thinking in his society at a time when Tibet was torn between Buddhist traditions and modern demands.
November 4 – Ani Lhacham – When she was a child, Lhacham was eager to read and write. For economic reasons, her parents thought otherwise. So she decided to run away to join a nunnery in order to receive the education she was dreaming of. The film is a tender and poetic portrait of Lhacham and her first journey into town. French with English subtitles.
November 11 – Brilliant Moon, Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rincpoche – This film chronicles the life of the writer, poet, and meditation master, and one of Tibet’s most revered 20th century Buddhist teachers. His life and teachings were an inspiration to all who encountered him and his many students included the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Bhutan. Brilliant Moon was filmed in Tibet, India, Bhutan, Nepal, and the United States, and uses animation, rare archival footage, and interviews with some of Tibet’s great thinkers to tell his moving life story from birth to death to rebirth.
November 18th – Crazy Wisdom – This film explores the wisdom of the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism in America through the story of Chogyam Trungpa, the brilliant “bad boy of Buddhism” whi fled his homeland during the Chinese Communist invasion. Trungpa arrived in the US in 1970 and legend has it that he said to his students, “Take me to your poets.” Trungpa eventually become known for translating ancient Buddhist concepts into language and ideas that Westerners could understand, while shattering all preconceived notions about the way an enlightened teacher should behave. Judged harshly by the Tibetan establishment to begin with, Trungpa’s teachings are now recognized by Western philosophers and spiritual leaders, including the Dalai Lama, as authentic and profound.