Documentary screening: “Silent Holy Stones”

It happens in just forty-eight hours: “Little Lama,” a ten-year-old Tibetan boy, who’s training to become a monk, returns home for New Year’s celebrations.

After a long journey on horseback over icy steppes, he finds solace in his family’s new TV, unable to pull away from serials of Buddhist stories in this home away from the isolation of his monastery. “You dream too much for a young monk,” his family tells him, and they’re right: the more he watches, the more it becomes clear there’s no going back to his religious practices. Filmed on location at the Guwa Monastery, Silent Holy Stones is the “astonishing” (Cinema Scope) and “delightful” (Variety) first film of visionary Tibetan director Pema Tseden — an official selection of the Pusan International Film Festival, the International Buddhist Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the San Francisco International Film Festival. Screening followed by a discussion with the director.

Watch the trailer.

Presented as part of the Lens on Tibet film series by Trace Foundation, in collaboration with MoMA.

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