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Documentary explores Tibetan women

November 19, 2010

The Union of Grass Valley
November 18, 2010

On the Eastern Tibetan plateau of Kham, at an altitude of 14,000 feet, subsistence farmers and nomadic herding families sprinkle the craggy mountains of Nangchen. Their way of life has changed little in over 2,000 years, and for most it is a life of illiteracy, poverty and hunger.

The film enters the vibrant community of Kala Rongo, a Buddhist Monastery exclusively for women situated in Nangchen, in remote Kham, Tibet. Here, 300 nuns are receiving spiritual and educational training previously unavailable to them, and radically challenging long-standing social restrictions on their gender. Some are shy, some outspoken, but all are committed to the difficult path they have chosen and to preserve their rich cultural heritage even as they slowly reshape it.

Life in Kala Rongo is brought into sharp contrast with a visit to a yak herding family, where the film witnesses the daily life of Tibetan laywomen who share their own stories of work and struggle.

The film is an intimate portrait of all of these women, and of their traditional lifestyle transforming on the cusp of modernity.

This event is a free educational project of Tibetech.org, a Nevada City-based nonprofit dedicated to bridging Tibetan refugee communities through technology. All are welcome.
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