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Tibetan New Wave film series

Sat, Sep 15, 6:30 pm to Sat, Sep 29, 7:00 pm
Indiana University Cinema 1213 E. 7th Street

Pema Tseden is considered the first Tibetan filmmaker to produce entirely Tibetan films. His first feature film, The Silent Holy Stones, set the tone for his films to come – use of Tibetan language, all Tibetan cast and crew, and Tibetan locations – giving them an authenticity of Tibetan culture set in contemporary complexities of everyday modern life.
The series is sponsored by the Indiana University Student Association, the Central Eurasian Studies Department, the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, the East Asian Studies Center, the Tibetan Studies Student Association and the IU Cinema.


Silent Holy Stones (2005)

Saturday, September 15, 6:30 p.m.

A young Tibetan lama from a mountain monastery, returns home for the New Year’s celebrations. Fascinated by TV serials of Buddhist stories, he wants to bring his family’s television to the monastery. The young boy struggles to balance his strict Buddhist training with explorations of the outside world through the novelty of television. Tibetan language with English subtitles.


Old Dog (2011)

Saturday, September 22, 6:30 p.m.

Director Pema Tseden is scheduled to be present.

On the high Tibetan plains, a family struggles to survive. Their dog, a mastiff that has been in the family for years, is worth a fortune. But, what will it cost to lose it? After selling the dog to a dealer, Gonpo realizes what the decision has done to his family’s dynamic, and understands what he needs to do. Old Dog is a poetic film about Tibet’s changing society, where old values conflict with new. Tibetan language with English subtitles.


The Search (2009)

Saturday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.

A Tibetan film director travels from village to village looking for actors to star in a film based on a Tibetan opera. Traveling by car, the director holds auditions in the most unlikely locations – construction sites, streets, bars, night clubs, and monasteries. This road movie takes us straight into the heart of a changing Tibet, raising questions about what tradition and identity mean in the modern world. Tibetan language with English subtitles.


Screenings are free but ticketed. You can pick up tickets at the IU Auditorium Box Office, which is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. A box office in the Cinema lobby is also open 30 minutes prior to any screening.

Please see the IU Cinema website for further details: