Veteran Dharamshala, India-based doc filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam will present a special screening of their debut feature Dreaming Lhasa at Pacific Film Archive in Berkeley on March 20, 7:00 pm. BFF executive director Gaetano Maida will introduce the film and host a conversation with them after the screening.
The event is part of CAAMFest 2014 (formerly known as the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival), running March 13–23 at various Bay Area venues. (See Other Fests for more information.)
Ritu and Tenzing are best known for their incisive documentary films including The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche (IBFF 2009 LONDON), The Shadow Circus—The CIA in Tibet, The Sun Behind the Clouds (also screening at CAAMFest 2014) and the recent When Hari Got Married.
Their installation, Some Questions as to the Nature of Your Existence, will be presented at UC Berkeley on March 6, at 5:00 pm, at the Institute of East Asian Studies. This single-channel video installation explores the rarefied world of Tibetan Buddhist debate. Built around three sets of debates dealing with the basic Buddhist concepts of impermanence, lack of self-existence, and dependent-arising, the piece allows the viewer an opportunity to participate in this unique dialectical practice while highlighting its relevance to the modern world. For details, visit Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley Events.