With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013
With Dada Chen at NYAFF 2013

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

ContemporAsian presents 13 film Lens on Tibet program at MoMA NY

Yartsa Rinpoche. 2013. China/France. Directed by Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang. 101 min.Courtesy of Chenaktsang and Trace Foundation
Lens on Tibet
When: August 21–31, 2014
Where: Museum of Modern Art

ContemporAsian, MoMA's showcase of Asian cinema, typically features weeklong engagements of films that capture the various styles, histories, and changes in Asian cinema. The series turns a Lens on Tibet with a 13-film program of recent Tibetan documentary and narrative films beginning this Thursday, August 21st.

Lens on Tibet includes the world premiere of Tashi Chopel's The Son of a Herder (2014), an unembellished portrait of the life of a plateau herder in eastern Tibet's remote Zehok region. The film highlights an existence caught between ideals and reality, modernity and tradition, and individual choices.

Yartsa Rinpoche (Precious Caterpillar) (2013), directed by Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang, follows Darlo, an elder in the Amdo region, and his family as they journey 800 kilometers to collect Cordyceps sinensis (in Tibetan, Yartsa-gunbu), which has been called "Tibet's golden worm" and "The Viagra of the Himalayas."

Yartsa Rinpoche—which is presented in a weeklong run—receives its North American premiere along with Jocelyn Ford's breakout Nowhere to Call Home (2014), Dan Smyer Yu's Embrace (2011), Khashem Gyal's The Valley of the Heroes (2013), and Dukar Tserang's They Are One Hundred Years Old (2014).

For further information about each film, showtimes and to order tickets here.