The Twin Cities Tibetan Film Festival will premiere ten critically acclaimed films that explore Tibet’s timeless spiritual and cultural traditions as well as its troubled political history. Opening night will feature explorer Ann Bancroft as guest speaker, who will introduce the film “Daughters of Everest” and talk about her personal interest in Tibetan culture.
To celebrate the start of the International Year of Tibet, the Twin Cities, home to the second-largest Tibetan immigrant population in the United States, will also host both Mrs. Jetsun Pema, sister to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and author of “Tibet: My Story,” and the Gyuto Monks of Tibet, Masters of Chant & Ritual Arts for a series of historic public appearances throughout the month of May.
Cortland Dahl is a Buddhist meditation scholar and Tibetan translator who divides his time between Katmandu and Minneapolis. He founded The Rime Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Tibet’s rich heritage by providing access to its spiritual practices and cultural resources.
Tibetan Film Festival
The Twin Cities Tibetan Film Festival will premiere ten critically acclaimed films that explore Tibet’s timeless spiritual and cultural traditions and its troubled political history. The festival will feature an on-going silent auction of Tibetan art before and after each screening. Proceeds for both the silent auction and film festival will benefit the Tibetan American Foundation of MN, Society for Gyuto Sacred Arts, and The Rimé Foundation, three non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation of Tibet’s rich heritage by providing access to its spiritual practices and cultural resources.
2007 Tibetan Film Festival
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Mrs. Jetsun Pema and The Gyuto Tibetan Tantric Choir
About Mrs. Jetsun Pema
Sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and award-winning child advocate, Mrs. Jetsun Pema will be visiting the Twin Cities at the request of alumni from her schools in India who have settled in Minnesota. She is affectionately known as “Ama-la” (mother) to the thousands of Tibetans to whom she has served as teacher and surrogate parent in her work serving Tibetan refugee children. Jetsun Pema received The World's Children's Honorary Award 2006 for her 40-year struggle for the Tibetan refugee children in India.
About The Gyuto Monks
The monks of the legendary Gyuto Tantric University represent an ancient Buddhist tradition dating to the year of the Monastery’s founding in 1474. The Gyuto monks spend years in solitude and study in their remote Himalayan monasteries, and only rarely venture out of their tranquil environs to bring their highly refined liturgical arts to the general public. Monks typically begin their membership in a monastic order in childhood. Only the most highly qualified young monks attain the highest levels of scholarship and practice, which allows inclusion into Gyuto Monastery. The Gyuto Monks were brought to wider public awareness after being “discovered” by musicians such as Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead and Philip Glass, the contemporary classical composer. The chants and unique multi-tonal sounds of the Gyuto Monks have been included in film soundtracks for “Seven Years in Tibet” and Martin Scorsese’s “Kundun.”
Marya Morstad was the recipient of the 2004 National Federation of Community Broadcasters “Golden Reel” award for best local documentary for "Art and Spirit Matters: Arts and Religion in the Twin Cities." Morstad is the host of “Art Matters” a weekly arts program on KFAI Fresh Air Community Radio.