The Search

Padma Tseten, 2009, 112 min

Director’s second feature film. Far removed from the western imagery of a dreamlike Shangri-La, mythologized by years of political seclusion a Tibetan film director travels from village to village across the country looking for an actor and an actress to star in his next film., He hears talk of people with the skills he needs, but they always seem to have just left or living somewhere else, as if he’s come too late. The Search is a road movie exploring a disappearing culture, taking the viewer straight into the heart of contemporary Tibet. This elegant film recently debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and is the first ever to be shot entirely in Tibet in the Tibetan language by a local crew.

In Tibetan with English Subtitles

 Q&A with filmmaker and closing night reception to follow

Presented by The Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia University, Maysles Cinema, Machik and the Kham Film Project