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Tibetan Film Screenings

“The Silent Holy Stones”

Includes Q & A with filmmaker Pema Tseden and the premiere screening of a segment of his new documentary “My Little Monk.”

Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
7-9:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public 

Agnes Scott College
Campbell Hall, Frances Bailey Graves Auditorium 
141 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Ticket required for entrance

About "The Silent Holy Stones"

A 10-year-old Buddhist novice nicknamed Little Lama returns home from the remote Guwa monastery for the New Year celebration. After a long journey on horseback over icy steppes, he finds himself drawn to a popular Chinese television series "Journey to the West" and begs his father to bring the television set to the monastery. Written and directed by Pema Tseden, the film is entirely in Tibetan language with nonprofessional Tibetan actors. The film won the Best Directorial Debut at the 25th Golden Rooster Awards in China and is an official selection of the Pusan International Film Festival, the International Buddhist Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

The character Little Lama in "The Silent Holy Stones" was played by a real monk, Luosang Danpai, who later de-robed, got married, and is living a layperson’s life. The documentary "My Little Monk" focuses on his personal journey from monkhood to a layperson’s life. A segment of "My Little Monk" will be screened together with "The Silent Holy Stones;" this will be the first public screening in the United States of any portion of "My Little Monk."


Includes Q & A with filmmaker Pema Tseden.

Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
This event is free and open to the public

Midtown Art Cinema
931 Monroe Dr. NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

Ticket required for entrance

About "Tharlo"

Shot in black and white, "Tharlo" is the story of a Tibetan shepherd who takes a trip to the city to acquire an ID card and discovers a life previously unknown to him. After meeting with a young hairdresser, Tharlo’s quiet and simple life is thrown into a state of confusion and disorientation. Adapted from Pema Tseden’s short story of the same name, "Tharlo" consists of 84 meticulously and beautifully composed shots and marks the filmmaker’s greatest cinematic achievement to date. And significantly, "Tharlo" is the first Tibetan-language film to be released in theatres in Mainland China.


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About Pema Tseden

Pema Tseden is a Tibetan film director, fiction writer and literary translator. He is believed to be the first Tibetan filmmaker to make films entirely in the Tibetan language and with Tibetan actors. Born in 1969 in Amdo (the Tibetan area in Qinghai Province, China), Pema Tseden belongs to a new generation of Tibetan filmmakers who grew up in Tibet, China, and speak fluent Mandarin Chinese and Tibetan. He began his career as a bilingual short-story writer and translator and then became the first Tibetan to graduate as a director from Beijing Film Academic (Beijing dianying xueyua), in 2004. In Pema Tseden’s short but productive career to date, his cinematic work has been recognized domestically and internationally and received many prestigious awards inside and outside China.

The Agnes Scott College Tibetan Film Screening event was made possible by the James T. and Ella Rather Kirk Fund, which is dedicated to enriching the college’s academic programs in literature, history, music, art and philosophy.