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Himalaya Film Festival: Journey to a Hidden Universe - in New York City

October 19, 2010

Kansas City Star
October 17, 2010

If you always wanted to explore the Himalayas,
you now need to be in New York City's Greenwich
Village, the cultural heart of Manhattan. The
Quad Cinema is running the Himalaya Film Festival
from Friday, October 22 till 28. The festival is
a celebration of films featuring the Himalayan
region and its captivating people, culture,
nature and politics: a virtual opportunity to
experience what inspires the people living on top of the world.

The Himalaya Film Festival offers a fascinating
selection of 31 films, featuring breathtaking
images of Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Tibet. The
films highlight dramatic landscapes,
heart-warming scenes of everyday life, cultural gems and colorful festivals.

Thangka painter Tashi Norbu opens the festival at
12.30 pm October 22 by creating an actual Tibetan
painting of a Buddha, while reciting Tara mantras
during the ritual of the bodhisattava of
compassion of which The Dalai Lama is regarded to
be the reincarnation. During the festival Tashi
Norbu will exhibit his Tibetan Contemporary Art
paintings at the "Himalayan Spirit Expo".

The festival covers a broad range of subjects. In
"Thin Ice" emancipated Ladakhi Buddhist and
Muslim women are faced with male opposition,
while in "Riding Solo to the Top of the World" a
lonesome traveller drives his motorcycle from
Mumbai to the most remote place on earth; the
Changthang Plateau, bordering with China.

Tibetan issues are well represented; "A Year in
Tibet", is an uncensored documentary series about
Gyantse, Tibet's third largest town. Many more
intimate portraits can be viewed; ethnographic
gems like "On the road with the red god:
MACHHENDRANATH" is a must-see award-winning film
in which impassioned devotees pull a 65-feet tall
unwieldy chariot in the Kathmandu Valley. In the
two Emmy Award-winning "Bhutan - Taking the
Middle Path to Happiness" we take a glimpse into
Bhutan's concept of 'Gross National Happiness'.

The Himalaya Film Festival, founded in 2003 by
Himalaya Archief Nederland, is an Amsterdam based
yearly cultural event which has branches in Tokyo and Tallini (Estonia).

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