Competition Documentary Features
Journey From Zanskar
DIRECTED BY FREDERICK MARX
USA, 2010, 90 MIN
IN ENGLISH, ZANSKARI, TIBETAN, AND HINDI WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
Experience the ultimate educational lottery in which the stakes could not be any higher. Seventeen children, aged four to twelve, are carefully selected, on the orders of the Dalai Lama, to be taken to a Buddhist school in Manali (Himachal Pradesh, India), for a formal education. These 17 have been chosen to learn about their history, culture, and religion. However, being chosen to preserve one’s cultural heritage has its price, and the cost for these children is separation from their families for the duration of their childhoods. The starting point for this heartbreaking and harrowing journey begins in Zanskar, in the Indian Himalayas, one of the most inaccessible regions on Earth and home to the last remaining original Tibetan Buddhist society. The 17 children and two monks journey by foot, by horseback, and by yak through the Himalayan Mountains, over a 17,500 foot pass, and are tested by landslides, altitude sickness, and snow blindness. Directed by Frederick Marx (Hoop Dreams) and narrated by Richard Gere.
DIRECTED BY DAVID B. LEVY
USA, 2010, 4.5 MIN
A grandson uncovers intimate insights into the character of a grandfather he hardly knew in the pages of a 1924 high school autograph book.