Lost Treasures of Tibet

October 20, 2012

 

Type..................: Documentary 
Video Format..........: XVID 
Audio format..........: MP3 192 Kbps 
Audio Language........: English
Duration..............: 00:53:31  
Info..................: www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tibet/about.html

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Before Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper, Tibetan craftsmen were creating stunning artistry of their deities in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Mustang. In Lost Treasures of Tibet, NOVA goes behind the scenes with the first conservation team from the West, as it undertakes the painstaking restoration of these ancient masterpieces and the beautiful monasteries that house them. Located in present-day Nepal, Mustang contains some of the last remaining relics of an almost vanished world of ancient Buddhist culture.

Across the border in Tibet, Chinese occupiers have destroyed thousands of monasteries since taking control of the country in 1950. Therefore, the survival of Mustang’s monasteries or gompas is more important than ever. But preservation is extremely difficult because of the centuries of neglect, weather, and earthquakes that have brought many buildings to the brink of collapse. Inside, their exquisite murals are in a near-ruined state.

Type..................: Documentary 
Video Format..........: H264
Audio format..........: MP3 192 Kbps 
Audio Language........: English & Tibetan
Subtitles.............: English (Hardcoded for Tibetan parts)
Duration..............: 00:28:01

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The Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang lies on a windswept plateau between Nepal and Tibet in one of the most remote regions of the world. Isolated both by geography and politics, Mustang-known as the Forbidden Kingdom-has been completely off limits to westerners for fifty years. Although Mustang is culturally and ethnically Tibetan, politically it is part of Nepal. This starkly beautiful place is home to one of the last surviving repositories of Tibetan sacred art from the 15th century. To travel here is to journey into the past where one can witness the ancient ways of life.

In 1991, Nepal opened Mustang’s border to the outside world. What first visitors found was shocking-the ancient monasteries were on the verge of collapse; the Buddhist wall paintings were disintegrating; the community was deeply impoverished. The people needed health care, education and jobs. Surprisingly, the King’s first plea to outsiders offering help was to save the monasteries. Mustang: Journey of Transformation features interviews with the Dalai Lama; the King of Mustang; Luigi Fieni, the chief art restorer; and Richard Blum, founder of the American Himalayan Foundation, the NGO that worked closely with the community to restore the monasteries and bring essential social services to the people.

Travellers and Magicians

April 14, 2012

Type..................: Feature film
Container file........: AVI
Total Bitrate.........: 785 Kbps
Audio format..........: MP3 112 Kbps 
Audio Language........: Dzongkha
Subtitles.............: English (Hardcoded)
Duration..............: 01:47:56

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Young government official Dhondup dreams of escaping to America while stuck in a ravishingly beautiful but isolated village. When the first chance arrives, he immediately heads for town and an awaiting visa, but things don’t go quite as planned. Missing the bus, he hitchhikes with an elderly apple seller, a sage young monk, and an old man travelling with his beautiful daughter Sonam Lhamo.

Along the way, the perceptive yet mischievous monk tells Dhondup a story of another young man who sought a land far away: a tale of lust, jealousy and murder that holds up a mirror to the restless Dhondup and his blossoming attraction to the innocent Sonam.

Phorpa: The Cup

November 19, 2011


Type..................: Feature film
Video Format..........: XVID
Audio Format..........: MP3 192 kbps
Audio Language........: Tibetan/Hindi
Subtitles ............: English
Duration..............: 01:30:06

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A group of Tibetan monks find themselves torn between spiritual enlightenment and their love for football in The Cup. While the Football World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive from Tibet at a monastery in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat disrupted by football fever, the chief instigator being a young student, the soccer enthusiast Orgyen. Prevented by various circumstances from seeing the matches on television in a nearby village, Orgyen asks for permission to watch the upcoming World Cup Final between France and Brazil; the Geko and Khenpo say yes. However, now the monks have to figure out how to pay for the satellite dish they’ll need to pull in the broadcast. The Cup was shown as part of the Directors Fortnight series at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Type..................: Documentary
Container file........: AVI
Audio Format..........: MP3 192 Kbps
Audio Language........: English (some Tibetan)
Colour................: Colour
Duration..............: 00:57:07
Movie Information.....: www.womenoftibet.org

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A Quiet Revolution is the second film in the Women of Tibet trilogy exploring
the Buddhist values at the heart of Tibetan culture – compassion, nonviolence
and peace. It tells the story of the 15,000 unarmed Tibetan women who assembled on March 12, 1959 speaking out for peace, justice, and freedom in an expression of non-violent resistance in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa, which sparked an uprising against China’s occupation of Tibet.

For the first time on film, three generations of Tibetan women and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama recount this story of survival and how these women have ultimately become architects and builders of the new Tibet – in exile.

Ama Adhe Tapontsang recounts 28 years spent in prison and the faith that allowed her to survive as she teaches new generations of young refugees. Dolma Tsering Teykhang describes sacrifices her parents made as exiles so that she might become first a teacher and then a member of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile in Dharamsala, India, and Tseten Choeden Schneiter, born and raised in exile, ensures that her Tibetan birthright is passed on to her own children as she wrestles with a culture in transition.

This film won an Emmy award in 2009, marking the 50th anniversary of the Lhasa uprising.

Type..................: Documentary
Container file........: AVI
Video Format..........: XVID
Total Bitrate.........: 1302 Kbps
Audio format..........: MP3 128 Kbps
Audio Language........: English
Duration..............: 01:07:47

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A co-production of Tibet House U.S. in New York and Link TV, the program brings together for the first time ever one of the world’s most important spiritual leaders with renowned journalists, economists, environmentalists, and politicians to discuss the ethical dilemmas of the new millennium. With allegations of government subterfuge, corporate malfeasance scandals and a devastating global warming crisis dominating the headlines, this unprecedented television program gives a rare glimpse into the enlightening ethical teachings, peaceful nature, and often surprising humour of the Dalai Lama. The program shows highlights from four panels: Ethics and the Environment (with David Crow, Randall Hayes, Paul Hawken), Ethics and the Media (with Amy Goodman, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Susan Sarandon); Ethics and Economics (with Ben Cohen, Amy Domini, Russell Simmons); and Ethics and the Politics of Peace (with Dr. Helen Caldicott, Dennis Kucinich, and Rev. Al Sharpton). The discussions are intercut with interviews from the panelists, who provide personal insights into their impressions of the dialogue and what ethics means to them. The program was filmed in September, 2003 at New York’s Town Hall.

The Oracle

October 31, 2010

Type..............: Documentary
Container file....: AVI
Video Format......: XVID
Audio Language....: English
Colour............: Colour
Duration..........: 00:52:38

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In 1989, at the Dalai Lama’s behest, documentary filmmaker David Cherniack witnessed a trance by the Nechung Oracle in South India. Something happened to him that day that he never forgot, “As the Nechung Oracle tossed out barley seeds to the monks as a blessing, I took my attention off him for just a second. At that precise moment something I can only describe as a ‘force’ shot through my body, practically blowing me off the steps. What was it that entered me?”

In The Oracle, Cherniack returns to Dharamsala, India to investigate: Who are Tibet’s state Oracles today, and what is their role in a modern government? How is their authenticity verified? What happens when a medium goes into trance? And what happened to Cherniack himself on that day in 1989?

The documentary features an interview with the Dalai Lama, as well as never-before-seen footage of his private consultation with the State Oracles.

In 1989, at the Dalai Lama's behest, documentary filmmaker David Cherniack
witnessed a trance by the Nechung Oracle in South India. Something happened to
him that day that he never forgot, "As the Nechung Oracle tossed out barley
seeds to the monks as a blessing, I took my attention off him for just a second.
At that precise moment something I can only describe as a 'force' shot through
my body, practically blowing me off the steps. What was it that entered me?"

In "The Oracle", Cherniack returns to Dharamsala, India to investigate: Who are
Tibet's state Oracles today, and what is their role in a modern government? How
is their authenticity verified? What happens when a medium goes into trance? And
what happened to Cherniack himself on that day in 1989?

The documentary features an interview with the Dalai Lama, as well as never-before-seen footage of his private consultation with the State Oracles.
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