Time: 12.15 – Saturday October 3, 2015
Screening with: Lo Sum Choe Sum & Alga del Mar – a Zen story
Hindi with English subtitles
On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Former Buddhist monk Lobsang was trained under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago left a life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the foothills of the Himalayas which rescues orphaned and neglected children. Surrounded by poverty, today the community is stretched beyond capacity and Lobsang faces the heartbreaking task of saying no to the requests he receives for new kids to join. Five year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently passed away and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation and tantrums into a capacity to make her first real friend?
Director/camera: Andrew Hinton – Co-director/editor – Johnny Burke – Sound designer/composer: Dan Weinberg – Composer: Message To Bears/Jerome Alexander – Title designer: Heather Babcock