Modern Tibetan Studies Event
“Pema Tseden: Celebrating a Tibetan Voice – ‘Old Dog'”
Sunday, January 28, 2018
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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A family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.
The Tibetan nomad mastiff is an exotic prize dog in China, fetching as much as millions of dollars from wealthy buyers. When a young man notices several thefts of mastiffs from Tibetan farm families, he decides to sell his family’s dog before it is stolen. His father, an aging Tibetan herder, is furious when he discovers their dog missing, and seeks to buy it back, setting off a series of events that threaten to tear the family apart, while showing the erosion of Tibetan culture under the pressures of contemporary society.
Pema Tseden’s third feature is a humorous, tragic allegory and a sober depiction of life among the impoverished rural Tibetan community.
Pema Tseden was born in 1969 in Amdo, in the Tibetan region of Qinghai Province. He is widely recognized as the leading filmmaker of a newly emerging Tibetan cinema and the first director in China to film his movies entirely in the Tibetan language. Tseden has published more than 50 short stories and novels both in Tibetan and Chinese. His work has won numerous awards including the Drang-char (sbrang-char) Tibetan Literature Prize and has been translated into English, French, and German. Since beginning his film career in 2002, Tseden has created a highly acclaimed body of work. Tseden is Chairman of the Directors Association of China; he is also a member of the Filmmakers and Literary Societies of China.
This event series is co-sponsored by Asia Society.