Sunday October 7th, 2007 7:00 PM: Closing Night!Monsoon Shyam Balse, 2006, USA/India, English, 21 minutes, DVD
Govinda, a Californian doctor, is forced to return to his motherland in India when his estranged father falls ill. The father refuses his son's treatment and prefers instead to undertake a journey into their pasts to try and reconcile their broken relationships before time runs out.
Govinda despises India almost as much as his father embraces it. It is dirty, superstitious and the place that has snatched away the thing he loved the most. As the tension between father and son grows, Govinda gets drawn back into the mystery surrounding his loss striking up old skeletons that threaten to split the family apart forever.
More information is available at www.monsoonfilm.com 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama Rick Ray, 2006, Tibet, English/Tibetan/Hindi, 85 minutes, Digital Video
Against the backdrop of an exotic land, the filmmaker is granted ten questions of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. Containing rare historical footage taken inside Tibet, the film intersects personal observations, the troubled history of a government-in-exile, and the life and wisdom of one of the premier spiritual leaders of our times.
Referred to by some as the "rock star of peace", the 14th Dalai Lama is both an extraordinary spiritual leader and the exiled head of Tibet. He is also a scholar, Nobel Peace Prize winner and humble Buddhist Monk with a mischievous sense of humor who travels the world promoting compassion, tolerance and peace.
More information is available at www.thedalailamamovie.com
Read a NY Times Review of this film. Reception
The 2007 ISAFF festival closes with one of the most engaging films ever made on Tibet: '10 Questions for the Dalai Lama'. Stay on after the screening and mingle with the filmmaker Rick Ray, Tasveer staff and volunteers over music, drinks, nibbles, and laughter.
* Post film discussion with filmmaker Rick Ray
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