Rituals of Resistance + Short: The Little Goddess

  • 63 minutes
  • Asian CineVision in association with Asia Society presents:


    RITUALS OF RESISTANCE looks at the evolving generational responses by pacifist Tibetans under 65 years of Chinese occupation. Through first-hand oral accounts by three Tibetan exiles living in Nepal, the U.S., and India, the film traces the three paths of resistance from the active and the brutal, to the realm of the symbolic and sacrificial.

    After the Chinese invasion in 1950, a devout monk turns to violence and becomes a guerrilla leader, launching pinprick raids from his base in Nepal. An immigrant mother in California, who follows the Dalai Lama’s Middle Path of nonviolence, defies Chinese border restrictions to reunite with her family after 30 years of separation. A student-activist in Dharmsala, India, who grew up under Chinese-controlled Tibet, turns to suicide protest.

    Each individual grapples with his or her Buddhist beliefs at the face of national and political imperatives.
    Interspersed between each portrait, the Tibetan American director reflects on each mode of resistance as he wanders the American frontier that resembles his lost homeland.

    Directors: Tenzin Phuntsog, Joy Dietrich
    Executive Producer: Eric Nyari
    Composer: Alex Zhang Hungtai

    This feature film is preceded by the following short film:

    Twelve-year-old Durga faces a life-changing decision when presented with the opportunity to leave her rural Indian village.
    Gauri Adelkar
    India, Narrative, 15 mins
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