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Film Screening – Jinpa
November 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Directed by: Pema Tseden
Q&A with Director following the screening, moderated by Benny Shaffer, PhD Candidate, Anthropology
On an isolated road passing through the vast barren plains of Tibet, a truck driver who has accidentally run over a sheep chances upon a young man who is hitching a ride. As they drive and chat, the truck driver notices that his new friend has a silver dagger strapped to his leg. He comes to understand that this man is out to kill someone who wronged him earlier in life. As he drops the hitchhiker off at a fork in the road, little does the truck driver realize that their short time together has changed everything, and that their destinies are inexorably intertwined. On the path of life, sometimes we meet someone whose dreams overtake our own to the point that they converge.
Official Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdK-yNrnQBk
About the Director:
Writer and director Pema Tseden was born in 1969 in Amdo, a Tibetan region of Qinghai Province. He is widely recognized as the leading filmmaker of a newly emerging Tibetan cinema and the first director in China to make films entirely in the Tibetan language. Tseden has published more than 50 short stories and novels both in Tibetan and Mandarin; his work has won numerous awards including the Drang-char Tibetan Literature Prize and has been translated into English, French, and German. He began his film career in 2002. His feature films, all of which have received great acclaim, include The Grassland (2004), The Silent Holy Stones (2005), The Search (2009), Old Dog (2011), Tharlo (2015) and Jinpa (2019). Tseden is Chairman of the Directors Association of China, and also a member of the Filmmakers and Literary Societies of China.
This event is co-sponsored by the Beijing Contemporary Art Foundation (BCAF) and the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies. Special thanks to Livia Bloom of Icarus Films.