Tenzin Phuntsog: Heeding (Land) / Roaming (Heart) / Grasping (Language)

Tenzin Phuntsog: Heeding (Land) / Roaming (Heart) / Grasping (Language)

Still from Film Poem I (2011), directed by Tenzin Phuntsog.

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Stream: Monday, November 13 | 8PM (PT) (72 hours)

In Tenzin Phuntsog’s film and videos, he and his camera roam seemingly endless landscapes. The quietness of these landscapes are deafeningly loud. What are the hills saying? What guidance are they screaming to impart? What should we heed? But Phuntsog’s work also asks other questions: What happens when we abandon the act of roaming for the act of loving, the act of caring? Sitting still and deciding to extend grace to our parents? What should we heed when we listen to the achingly desperate beating of elders’ hearts? What do we do then? How do we respond? Digging deep into his personal history, Phuntsog makes films that, instead of leading with prescribed artistic or cinematic languages, lead with yearning and a journey to heeding knowledge beyond our immediate grasp.

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Presented in English and Tibetan with English subtitles.

The in-person program includes a post-screening talk with Tenzin Phuntsog, moderated by Jheanelle Brown.

"In Pala Amala (Father Mother) and Dreams (2022), Phuntsog films his parents, producing images that are surprising, slow, and immediate in their apparent comfort. Phuntsog’s affecting camera handling matches his parents’ on-screen presence."
Asa Mendelsohn, Screenslate