Modern Tibetan Studies Event
“Pema Tseden: Celebrating a Tibetan Voice – ‘Tharlo'”
Sunday, January 28, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY
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In the mountains of Tibet, Tharlo spends his days following a simple and familiar routine—tending his sheep, riding his motorcycle. When he journeys to the city to obtain an ID card, a meeting with a beautiful young hairdresser leads to a life-changing series of events.
Shot in stunning black and white, Tharlo contrasts the simplicity of country life with the seduction and danger of the modern world. Adapted from Pema Tseden’s short story of the same name, Tharlo consists of 84 meticulously and beautifully composed shots and marks the filmmaker’s greatest cinematic achievement to date.
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.