Mandala: The Sacred Art of Sand Film Screening of Himalaya
2001) Directed by Eric Valli. Screenplay by Olivier Dazat. Cast: Thinlen
Lhondup, Karma Wangiel, Gurgon Kyap.
Admission to this special one-time
screening is funded by the Mandala: The Sacred Art Of Sand project.
feature film by photographer Eric Valli, who has lived in the remote Dolpo
region of Nepal for 20 years, is a rare accomplishment. It brings the mystical
presence of the Himalayas to those of us who have not (yet) seen them in
person. Thinlen Lhondup plays an aging Nepalese chieftain who is unhappy with
his probable successor. In a bid to hold onto his spiritual leadership, he
attempts to lead the village’s annual salt caravan, accompanied by his young
grandson. If the awe-inspiring Himalayas draw our attention just as much as the
human characters, perhaps that is part of the point. 104 min.