Tibet in Song: Film Screening

Join the Philadelphia Folklore Project as they present a Philadelphia movie premiere!

Tibet in Song will be shown at the Painted Bride Art Center on Sunday, September 20th, at 2:00 pm.

Stunning and riveting, Tibet in Song showcases traditional Tibetan music in the midst of the cultural repression of Tibetans under Chinese occupation. Director Ngawang Choephel , who was born in Tibet but came of age in exile in India, was accused of spying and then jailed by Chinese authorities while recording the songs that are the focus of his film. The movie won the Special Jury Prize for World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, and had its theatrical release in New York in 2010. This screening will be its first in Philadelphia.

Mr. Choephel had been a music teacher in a Tibetan school in India when he received a Fulbright scholarship to study music in the U.S. In 1995, he returned to Tibet to explore the situation of Tibetan traditional arts. He was released from prison in 2002, after six and half years in captivity.

India has hosted Tibetan refugee settlements, and the Tibetan Government in Exile, since 1959. That was the year in which the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, fled Tibet following a failed uprising against Chinese rule that resulted in the slaughter and imprisonment of tens of thousands of Tibetans. His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama will be honored in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center in October, when he receives the Liberty Medal.

About 150 Tibetans now call Philadelphia home. The Philadelphia Folklore Project is presenting Tibet in Song in conjunction with the exhibition in their gallery in West Philadelphia, “Tibetans in Philadelphia,” which chronicles ways in which local Tibetans – far away from a homeland that remains in strife – reinforce their commitments to community and culture. Call to make an appointment for a tour: 215.726.1106.

Ngawang Choephel and members of the local Tibetan community will answer audience questions following the film.  

The Philadelphia Folklore Project is a non-profit arts and social justice organization that has, for more than a quarter of a century, been sustaining vital and diverse living cultural heritage in communities in our region through collaborative projects, research, documentation and education.

Tibet in Song

Directed by Ngawang Choephel
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine Street, Philadelphia 19106
2:00 pm
Tickets: $12
Purchase tickets through EventBrite.

(not recommended for children 10 and under because of difficult subject matter)

Major support for this program is provided by our wonderful funders. For a list, please visit www.folkloreproject.org.

Photo: Lhamo Dolma describes traditional clothing during a shoot for Tibet in Song; Dharmsala, India; by David Huang

Toni Shapiro-Phim, Director of Programs
Philadelphia Folklore Project, 735 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143
215.726.0016 toni@folkloreproject.org