DocNight: Journey From Zanskar
USA, 2010, 90 Minute Running Time
Genre/Subjects: Documentary, Social Issues, Spiritual
Language: Hindi, Tibetan English Sub-Titles
Special DocNight presentation Sunday, July 24th at 7pm
Director Frederick Marx In-Person for a post film Q&A and reception!
Digital presentation - The Zanskar region of Tibet is geographically remote, caught in a cycle of poverty and under siege from the Chinese who surround them and show little respect to their Buddhist traditions. In such a place, educating children is no easy task, and illiteracy is an epidemic in Zanskar. For many families, enrolling their children in school means making the difficult choice of letting them leave home, with many students making the challenging journey to Manali, 180 miles to the South, where they are free to attend schools that offer instructions in the traditional Tibetan language, culture and faith. Narrated by Richard Gere and featuring His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
About director Frederick Marx:
Frederick Marx is an internationally acclaimed, Oscar and Emmy nominated director/writer with 35 years in the film business. He was named a Chicago Tribune Artist of the Year for 1994, a 1995 Guggenheim Fellow, and a recipient of a Robert F. Kennedy Special Achievement Award. His film HOOP DREAMS played in hundreds of theatres nationwide after winning the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and was the first documentary ever chosen to close the New York Film Festival. It was on over 100 "Ten Best" lists nationwide and was named Best Film of the Year by critics Roger Ebert, Gene Siskel, Gene Shalit, and Ken Turran and by the Chicago Film Critics Association. Ebert also named it Best Film of the Decade. It is one of the highest grossing non-musical documentaries in United States history. For more info on Marx click HERE
DIRECTOR: Frederick Marx
US Distributor: Warrior Films
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