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Ganden: A Joyful Land | Film Screening & Reception

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Date:

December 14

Time:

07:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Click to Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ganden-a-joyful-land-film-screening-reception-tickets-214923099777
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Tibet House US

Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/tibet-house-us-3903735193
Venue

Tibet House US

22 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011

New York, NY, US, 10011

Join us for a special screening of “Ganden: A Joyful Land,” followed by a reception with the filmmaker, Ngawang Choephel.

Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021 | 7:00pm ET | $30, in-person only

Tibet House US is delighted to host this screening of Ganden: A Joyful Land (76 min), an extraordinary documentary that reveals an intimate look into the lives and remembrances of the last remaining generation of Tibetan Buddhist monks to have studied at the renowned Ganden Monastery in Tibet. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker, Ngawang Choephel, and a small reception. Limited in-person tickets available.

Ganden is considered the most influential monastery of Tibetan Buddhism, likened by Buddhists to Vatican City. It is here where the Dalai Lama’s lineage began. For more than 500 years, monks lived in Ganden in simplicity and contentment, before a brutal invasion drove them from their sacred home to begin rebuilding anew in India. Embodying the strength and joy their faith teaches, survivors of the forced exodus tell of their lives in the old and new Ganden in this moving film.

 

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Ngawang Choephel was born in Dawa, a small county in western Tibet. During the height of Cultural Revolution Ngawang at the age of two he and his family escaped to India. He grew up in a vibrant Tibetan refugee community in Southern India. He has a lifelong passion for Tibetan music, and has devoted his life to its preservation and dissemination. He discovered his talent at an early age, and received a degree in Tibetan Music from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala, India. Upon arriving in the West in 1994 as a Fulbright Fellow at Middlebury College, VT, he studied video production and international music in preparation for the production of Tibet in Song. After being arrested by Chinese authorities in Tibet during filming, his subsequent 6 1/2 years in prison in Tibet, and his resilience in the face of adversity, earned him the Courage of Conscience Award from Peace Abbey, which he received in 2002. Upon his release from prison that same year, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree from Middlebury College, as well as ‘Best Act in Exile’ award from Lobsang Wangyal Productions for his musical talent.

After his release he continued work for Tibet and he has made two documentary films so far: Tibet in Song and Ganden: A Joyful Land.

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