“The Monastery Cook”

2011 November 26
by Tanya McGinnity


The International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights (ICMHHR), in partnership with Kestrel Filmworks, is producing an episodic, documentary web series titled, “Living in Exile,” to be released in the spring of 2012. The series will consist of 30 short films, each intended to introduce us to a different Tibetan living within the exile community of India and abroad. As a companion to The Dukar Project, the series will explore themes of suffering and resiliency, but also the hard work, concerns, creativity, ideas, and aspirations of ordinary Tibetans. Western media producers frequently find themselves in the position of romanticizing and exoticizing Tibetan culture or politicizing the Tibetan people. The position of ICMHHR is that this only serves to objectify Tibetans and subsequently push them farther from us. “Living in Exile” takes a humanistic approach and will introduce audiences to a diversity of real people, who have in their own way endured much, but are far more than the sum of their suffering.”

Here is “The Monastery Cook”

One Response
  1. Shubh Bala Schiesser permalink
    December 23, 2011

    Excellant commentary! Devotion and sacrifice is a source of contentment. Long Journey from Tibbet, Losing two children to see and serve HH Dalai Lama in Dheradoon,a devotee crossed his border, cooking for lot of people in the kitchen fills him with delight beyond his iamgination.
    Well done docomantary!

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