Ottawa Tibet Film Festival 2016

TIBET ON THE EDGE: an environment to preserve
Sunday, March 20, noon to 8:30 p.m.
Mayfair Theatre, 1074 Bank Street

Traditional Tibetan food for sale and cultural performances throughout the day!
Tickets sold at the Mayfair for each session: $10 or $7 for seniors (+65) and $6 for Mayfair members.

The Schedule

Noon: opening speeches and cultural performances
12:30 – “Singing in diaspora” (11 min). Sabchu Rimpoche, 2015. Documentary.
12:50 – “Embrace” (50 min). Dan Smyer Yu and Pema Tashi, 2011. Ethnographic documentary.
2:30 – “Pad yatra, A Green Odyssey” (72 min). Wendy J.N. Lee, 2013. Documentary.
4:15 – Presentation/discussion about current developments and the destruction of the environment in Tibet with Michael Buckley. 
4:40 – “Plundering Tibet” (25 min) Michael Buckley, 2014. Documentary.
5:10 - 6:00 – Panel Discussion about Canadian companies currently mining in Tibet: What can we do, as Canadian citizens, to ensure the respect of Human Rights and preservation of the environment?
Guest-speakers: Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee, and Penelope Simons Professor at Faculty of Law of the Ottawa University.
6:45pm – “Kekexili, the Mountain Patrol” (90 min). Chuan Lu, 2004. Fiction.

The Films

Title: “Singing in diaspora” (11 min)
Director: Sabchu Rimpoche
2015. Documentary.

The struggles of a young Tibetan-Canadian activist over the span of three months, as she fights to maintain her cultural identity in a diasporic community.


Title: “Embrace” (50 min)
Directors: Dan Smyer Yu and Pema Tashi
2011. Ethnographic documentary.

Through the narratives of a father and a son, this film illustrates both the transcendental and inter-sentient dimensions of Tibetan sacred sites and of their ecological significance. It documents a ritualized relationship of people and the place of their dwelling and natural surroundings.

Title: “Pad yatra, A Green Odyssey” (72 min)
Director: Wendy J.N. Lee
2013. Documentary.

Viewers are invited to join the adventure of 700 people, trekking across the Himalayas with a call to save the planet’s “3rd Pole,” a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming.


Title: “Plundering Tibet” (25 min)
Director: Michael Buckley
2014. Documentary

A personal take on mining in Tibet. How much can an ecosystem take before it collapses? Plundering Tibet is a short documentary about the dire consequences of China’s ruthless mining in Tibet. As a Canadian filmmaker, the narrator has a personal take on this because of the involvement of Canadian companies in mining in Tibet-and the railway to Lhasa.

Title: “Kekexili, the Mountain Patrol” (90 min)
Director: Chuan Lu
2004. Fiction. 

A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.




The 4th Ottawa Tibet Film Festival is brought to you by the Ottawa Tibetan Community Association.