Rice University Chao Center for Asian Studies, Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism and Rice Cinema present Tibetan Film Screening
Rice University's Chao Center for Asian Studies, Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism, and Rice Cinema are presenting to the Houston community internationally recognized Tibetan writer, filmmaker and director Pema Tseden, for screening of his film, Tharlo, followed by discussion and Q&A opportunities with the filmmaker.
Born to nomadic parents in 1969 on the high pastures of Amdo (the Tibetan area in Qinghai Province, China), Pema Tseden is the first Tibetan to graduate as a director from the prestigious Beijing Film Academy. His cinematic work has received many prestigious awards both inside and outside China.
Shot in black and white, this film tells the story of a Tibetan shepherd, Tharlo, 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 is meticulously and beautifully composed and marks the filmmaker’s greatest cinematic achievement to date. Significantly, Tharlo is the first Tibetan-language film to be released in theaters in Mainland China.