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Dharamshala International Film Festival announces a new initiative, Tibet Films

A limited-period online streaming platform will stream a range of exile Tibetan films.

A still from Tibetan Nomads In Exile

Our Correspondent

The Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), in collaboration with the Drung Tibetan Filmmakers Collective, has announced a new initiative, Tibet Films.

A limited-period online streaming platform, tibetfilms.com, will showcase a range of exile Tibetan films on a pay-per-view basis. The films will run on the platform from 3–13 December 2020.

The filmmakers whose works will be showcased on the platform are Geleck Palsang (Prayers Answered and Las-mon), Kalsang Rinchen (The Red Mask), Kelsang Tsering Khangsar (Kyi-ani), Kesang Tsetan (Trembling Mountain and Who Will Be A Gurkha), Khyentse Norbu (The Cup), Kunsang Kyirong (Yarlung), Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam (The Sweet Requiem, Dreaming Lhasa, The Sun Behind The Clouds, When Hari Got Married, A Stranger In My Native Land and Drapchy Elegy), Sonam Tseten (Pema), Tashi Wangchuk and Tsultrim Dorjee (My Son Tenzin), Tenzin Dasel (Royal Café), Tenzin Kalden (Light A Candle), Tenzin Phuntsog (Rituals Of Resistance, Four Rivers/Chu-Bzhi, The Day The Sun Died, A Singing Blade and A MoMA Poem), Tenzin Tsetan Choklay (Bringing Tibet Home, Elif’s Seoulitude, and History Of Momos), Tsering Rhitar Sherpa (The Spirit Doesn’t Come Anymore, Beyul: The Hidden Valley, Lama Mani and Protecting The God’s Pet), and Tsering Wangmo (Tibetan Nomads In Exile).

Speaking about the initiative, filmmaker and DIFF founder Tenzing Sonam said, “In recent years, filmmaking in the Tibetan diaspora has gained momentum and taken great strides in finding its own cinematic voice and language. Films coming out of the exile Tibetan community are diverse and wide-ranging. Many have found recognition on the international stage. But, sadly, access to these films, particularly for Tibetans, is limited and most remain unseen by the larger community. It is to try and fill this gap that Dharamshala International Film Festival and Drung Tibetan Filmmakers Collective have joined forces and started this initiative.”

Drung Tibetan Filmmakers’ Collective is a collective of Tibetan filmmakers based in Dharamsala fostering a community that shares knowledge, skills and connections to tell stories about Tibet, India and beyond. The collective provides a support system for local filmmakers to share, build and realize various projects by sharing resources and expertise.

DIFF recently wrapped up its ninth edition, which was held online from 29 October through 4 November 2020.

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