PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Prospecting

Indie film premieres at Coz

By From page B3 | June 06, 2014

Nawang-Sonam-Anja-TsangThe U.S. premiere of “Little Tibet 2″ will take place at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, on Saturday, June 7 at 2 p.m. A question and answer period with Tibetan director Nawang Sonam  Anja-Tsang will follow the film.

The Placerville Friends of Tibet in collaboration with Sierra Friends of Tibet are presenting the screening.

“Little Tibet 2″ is a moving sequel to Anja-Tsang’s original film “Little Tibet.”

“Little Tibet 2″ is the story of one man’s journey to discover his heritage and set eyes on a homeland he has never seen. With beautiful vistas and intimate encounters, “Little Tibet 2″ provides a rare insight into a culture and people who live on the edge of extinction.

Anja-Tsang retraces his father’s footsteps through Nepal to Mustang, where the historic Tibetan way of life still persists. On his journey, he encounters myriad of people intent on keeping Tibetan customs and traditions alive, including nuns educating Tibetan children, a nomadic family struggling to live on the land and a group of Tibetan women learning to conserve and restore monastic paintings over 500 years old.

Anja-Tsang also has a rare meeting with the King of Mustang and gains a unique insight into the life of a yogi who teaches traditional religious values to youngsters attracted to the bright lights of modern society.

His journey concludes as he confronts his father’s past as a guerilla fighter, who in the 1960s and 1970s fought in vain against the Chinese Army. Ultimately, Anja-Tsang must make a decision whether or not to step into his homeland that remains occupied by the Chinese to this day.

Anja-Tsang is a Tibetan raised in exile in India and schooled in Dharamsala at the Tibetan Children’s Village. He moved to London in 1999 and worked for six years as an extra in films such as “Batman Returns,” “Valhalla Rising” and “The Bourne Identity.”

There he seriously utilized downtime on the sets to gain knowledge and learn the art of filmmaking. He felt that many Tibetan films he had seen were either religious or political. It is his wish that sharing his experience, a wider audience may be reached and made aware of what is being lost on so many levels — cultural, political, religious and ecological — in the real Tibet of today.

He works full time for the London Transit Authority and sells T-shirts on the weekends to fund his film projects.

“We were honored to have welcomed Sonam to several standing-room only screenings of his original film’s U.S. premiere in Northern California in 2011. That film was completely self-funded by Sonam and has since been screened in 45 film festivals in nine countries and was featured in the Amnesty International’s Human Rights Film Festival.

“We are thrilled Sonam has chosen us for the U.S. premiere of his sequel, ‘Little Tibet 2,’” said Melanie Sullivan of Sierra Friends of Tibet and production assistant to the director. “We will see many local names in the film’s credits and on the music score. Our community has embraced Sonam’s remarkable efforts.”

For more information contact Carolyn at 530-748-5364 or [email protected] or visit sierrafriendsoftibet.org.

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