Karma (with Director Q&A)
Directed by Tsering Rhitar Sherpa
90 min. / Nepal / Tibetan with English Subtitles / 2006
Hong Kong Premiere
Director Q&A follows screening
In a nunnery in the high desert mountains, a revered abbess dies, leaving signs that she will be reborn. Prayers and rituals must be performed to help her consciousness into its next rebirth, but the nunnery coffers are empty. The senior nuns decide that the only way is to try and get back money loaned out to a mysterious man. A nun by the name of Karma decides to take the journey to find this man. Karma was shot in the remote region of Mustang in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal and follows Karma to Katmandu, where she discovers that things are not what she thought. "Karma" also means "actions" ... A rare and intriguing glimpse into the inner life of Tibetan nuns in a changing world.
This Screening is part of the International Buddhist Film Festival. For more information, please visit AsiaSociety.org/IBFF.