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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

"Yasmina's Yatra" is a film to explore personal faith with

February 11, 2010

The Manitoban (Canada)
February 10, 2010

"I feel that, in many ways, North American lifestyle is a spiritual
void. I think we need to work on discovering something greater, and
share our investigations with each other," said Ryan Klatt, a local
artist and student at the University of Manitoba's school of art. He
recently explored this idea in a short-feature film, entitled
Yasmina's Yatra. The film, which is set to premiere this Thursday at
the Winnipeg Art Gallery, is performed in the languages of Hindi,
Ladaki and Spitian, with English subtitles.

"I would like people of different faiths to come together and observe
each other, in a beautiful way. I want to engage dialogue surrounding
the role of spiritual paths," Klatt said of the work. "I try to
create something for everyone. Although this film is loaded with
symbolic references and meaning, the simple beauty of the images and
sound are an avenue for those who are not interested in intellectual
dissection."

Dream-like in narrative and rich in imagery, Yasmina's Yatra was shot
completely on-location in central Asia.

"As I traveled through Little Tibet five years ago, I was struck by
the other-worldly qualities of the landscape. I knew that I must
produce a work here. While in Asia I developed a fascination for the
mysterious and exotic," Klatt explained.

The film follows a young woman named Yasmina as she journeys through
the high altitude deserts of central Asia and into the afterlife.
Like his protagonist, Klatt also journeyed through these deserts to
create the piece. He describes his inspiration as coming from his
travels, and the differences he observed in cultures surrounding death.

"Death took on new meaning as I watched the cremation of a young
girl, her face melting off her skull in the cheerful morning sun as
people bustled around. Perceptions of death and afterlife vary so
vastly; 10,000 virgins are awarded as recompense for a noble Islamic
death, yet in the secular West a quiet suicide is regarded as a
criminal act," he said.

The trailer, viewable at Klattgallery.com, suggests that the film
might seem confrontational to some. But Klatt says that his intention
is not to comment on any group or situation. Instead, the artist's
hope is that a dialogue on the subject of faith will occur as a
result of this film, and that it will be a memorable and informative
experience for the audience. Indeed, the images and themes are meant
to be contemplated by those interested in personal views of faith and
mysteries of the afterlife.

Yasmina's Yatra plays at 8pm on Feb. 11 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery
in the Muriel Richardson Auditorium.
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