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Short Film: Crossing Dzachu River

Crossing Dzachu River is a gorgeous and captivating documentary featuring a nomad family from Kilung Valley, Dzachuka. The film depicts the family as they prepared and then forded the Dzachu River with their herds and belongings to go to the summer grazing grounds before the Dzachu Bridge was completed. The documentary leads us to understand the consequences nature has on nomad life, the important social role that the monastery plays, and how big an impact something as simple as a bridge can have on a people. Finally it shows that a third world country can improve life on its own ground. Crossing Dzachu River was filmed in Dzachuka in July 2004 by Danish film-team, Addy Ipsen and Kathrine Krake. The film won the first place award in a Danish competition of short documentaries. The English version of the film is HERE.

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  1. Festival Offerings
    Film By Kathrine Krake & Addy Elisabeth Ipsen
    Clips from the 2004 Kilung Great Prayer Festival, a 12-year-cycle anniversary celebrating the birth of Guru Rinpoche, who brought Buddhism to Tibet twelve centuries ago. The festivities included consecrating the new Kilung monastic college and the enthronement of H.E. Kilung Jigme Rinpoche. Offerings were made by Kilung tribespeople, visiting lamas, monastics, and travelers from afar. Kilung Monastery reciprocated, gifting in potlatch-style, back to many of the participants.
  2. Young Dancers
    Film By Kathrine Krake & Addy Elisabeth Ipsen
    The 30 students of Ponru School attended the full three days of prayer festival in 2004, and gave a special dance performance for all. Not only charming and inspiring, these young children stayed in rapt and enthusiastic attention through hours of ceremony.
  3. Swimmers
    Film By Kathrine Krake & Addy Elisabeth Ipsen
    Summer festival time includes riding across the river plain to the Dzachu, and taking a plunge in the icy waters.
  4. Clothes
    Film By Kathrine Krake & Addy Elisabeth Ipsen
  5. Wool & skin
    Film By Kathrine Krake & Addy Elisabeth Ipsen
  6. Cheese
    Film By Kathrine Krake & Addy Elisabeth Ipsen
  7. Yoghurt
    Film By Kathrine Krake & Addy Elisabeth Ipsen

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