5th Annual Dharmashala International Film Festival Opens November 3
The 5th annual Dharmashala International Film Festival (DIFF) runs November 3–6 and features 38 films from 18 nations, including 15 premieres. This year DIFF will be presented at the Tibetan Children’s Village School which has two auditoriums.
Among the feature films are several noted international festival presentations including Heart of A Dog, by Laurie Anderson; The Last Dalai Lama?, by Mickey Lemle; and Hema Hema: Sing Me A Song While I Wait, by Khyentse Norbu, as well as numerous discoveries by festival founders/directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, award-winning filmmakers themselves.
“One of the joys of curating a small, bespoke film festival is the opportunity to watch an amazingly diverse range of films from every corner of the globe. It is also the one of most rewarding ways of keeping one’s finger on the pulse of new trends in cinema,” they said, adding, “It’s been a painstaking process and the program we have put together hopefully once again reflects the eclecticism, adventurousness, and deeply personal directorial vision that have been the hallmarks of the films at DIFF.”
A shorts selection was curated by filmmaker Umesh Kulkarni, and a children’s film program was curated by children’s media specialist, Monica Wahi.
Attending DIFF is a highlight of visiting McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, India, now a global destination, the exile home of the Dalai Lama, the capital of the Tibetan diaspora, and more recently, an international cricket venue.