There is almost no western media and film coverage of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners that goes beyond self-immolation as a political protest. The little there is centers on the life and travels of H.H. the Dalai Lama, or shows prayers and spirituality in Buddhist monasteries. What is almost unexplored in film is the everyday lives of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners, especially nuns. So this summer we rented our film equipment, packed our bags, and moved into a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery in Nepal to see for ourselves and to show to the world what it is really like to be a female practitioner in Tibetan Buddhism.
The team consists of our project leader, Alex Co; our director, Adam Miklos; a field supervisor, Katarzyna Bylow; our lead researcher, Nadezhda Buhova; our translator and and cultural resource, Tenzin Dolma; and me, the productions manager, Stefan Salow.
Living with the nuns for a month meant we could get to know them on a more personal level. We joined the nuns in their daily chores and activities, showing lives beyond red robes and prayers. We were invited into their homes, shared food, met their families, and made friendships. We show three generations of Tibetan Buddhist nuns from two different nunneries, and how their lives are affected by a rapidly changing world. The nuns are shown as individuals with personal thoughts and plans, and different interpretations of Buddhism, gender differences or modernity.
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We have recently released our trailer: