Today is the first day of the Water Dragon Year as celebrated in Losar, the Tibetan New Year, a day in which Tibetan Buddhists ward off evil spirits and welcome the upcoming year in fine clothes and great splendor. No celebration would be complete without guthuk, a traditional noodle soup with dumplings stuffed with each of nine different fortune symbols that will determine one’s future for the year. We at CAAM would like to wish all of you Tashi Deleg and a Happy New Year!
Lucky for you, you can celebrate Tibeten New Year at the 30th SFIAAFF! We’re proud to present several programs highlighting Tibetan cinema at this year’s Festival:
TIBET IN SONG
I bet you didn’t know Tibetans like to jam. But when China took over in the 1950s, they changed the identity of Tibetan music forever. Director Ngawang Choephel was born in Tibet but had to escape to India after the invasion where his love for Tibetan music was kept alive by the other refugees. He came back in 1995 to record what was left of the music. TIBET IN SONG is a moving film seen through the eyes of Choephel and it will be playing at the Kabuki on March 9. Buy your tickets now!
March 9, 2012 2:00 pm
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas
SUN BEATEN PATH
In this classic on-the-road themed movie, we find Nyma, a young man haunted by his past walking back home instead of taking the bus to Golmud from Lhasa. Along the way is an older man who watches over him, who he consistently rejects. In its essence, SUN BEATEN PATH by director Sonthar Gyal is a both a physical and spiritual journey Nyma must undertake in order to work through his past guilt and grief. It will premiere in Berkeley at the Pacific Film Archive on March 10.
HIMALAYAN YOUTH VOICES PROJECT
With funding from the Asian Pacific Fund and the Comcast Foundation, CAAM collaborated with Sahayeta at the first Himalayan Youth Summit in Oakland connecting with youth from Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet for an intensive media training workshop and the result? Two movies that deal with issues closest to the Himalayan community: the dumpling and soccer. Sapana Sakya, CAAM’s very own Public Media Director created and organized this program as a way to give a voice to the youth of the growing Himalayan community in the Bay Area. Check out the HYVP video blog on CAAM’s website, and please join us in welcoming these budding filmmakers and their films to SFIAAFF and the larger Asian American film community!