Looking ahead to 2014

A belated Happy New Year!

As we begin this new year, we are looking ahead to a number of exciting projects.

First off is the launch of our long-planned and much delayed follow up to our maiden feature film, Dreaming Lhasa. For some years now, Tenzing has been working on a script and after many false starts, several different versions and countless revisions, it is almost ready now.

The Sweet Requiem (Tibetan: གདུང་བའི་དབྱངས་སྙན།) is a suspense drama about a young Tibetan woman in Delhi who unexpectedly encounters a figure from her past and is forced to confront the consequences of a tragic event that she witnessed as a child.

We have just started the process of raising finances for the film and although this is never an easy task with no guarantee of quick success, we are determined to get it off the ground. We hope to begin production early next year. More details will be forthcoming and we will shortly be putting out a casting call.

On other fronts, we will be doing a month’s residency in San Francisco from the end of February at the invitation of our old associates, Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Two of our older films, Dreaming Lhasa and The Sun Behind the Clouds will screen at CAAMFest (13-24 March) as part of the Pacific Film Archive’s “Committed Cinema” series. We will also be screening several of our other films and participating in discussions around them at events organised by UC Berkeley, California College of Arts, the Blum Center and others. We will post more details as and when the dates firm up.

We are already gearing up for the third edition of DIFF 2014. This year, we will continue to build on the groundwork laid by the first two editions by learning from our experiences, streamlining the organizational and logistical process, and of course, striving to bring to Dharamshala the best of indie films from India and around the world along with their filmmakers. Please sign on to DIFF’s facebook page for updates.

And finally, let’s not forget the continuing struggle of our sisters and brothers in Tibet as they stand up to China’s determined and ruthless offensive to marginalize and silence them. Let’s redouble our efforts to work on their behalf by doing everything we can to publicize their plight and the deteriorating situation in Tibet.

Thank you all again for your support and interest in our work.