In Kyauk Myaung, a Burmese village on the banks of the Irrawaddy River, humble street vendor Soe Ko wishes to marry Saing Ko, a quiet mason from a nearby town—but same-sex love is still forbidden by law. Irrawady Mon Amour tells the story of a young gay couple who, with the aid of LGBT activists, Buddhist monks, and village housewives, fight for their right to love and marry in a country struggling to redefine itself in the wake of a brutal totalitarian regime.
For centuries, the inhabitants of Namdok, a village nestled in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal, have lived without electricity, relying on sparse candlelight through cold and windy nights. Despite limited resources, local activist Tashi Bista is determined to bring light to the remote village by installing a makeshift wind turbine.
January is for film-lovers. This month at Tricycle, we’ll be showing five short films from around the Buddhist world. With selections from China, Tibet, Bhutan, and Indonesia, you won’t want to miss a single one.
Golden Kingdom is the first international feature shot in Burma since the Buddhist country reopened its doors to the outside world. The film tells the story of four orphaned boys—novice monks—who begin experiencing bizarre, otherworldly phenomena after the monastery’s head abbot departs on a long journey.
Paths of the Soul, A New York Times Critics’ Pick by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yang, follows a group of Tibetans who make a 1,200-mile bowing pilgrimage, prostrating themselves every few steps along the road to Tibet’s holy capital.
For Dr. Grace Dammann, a revered Buddhist physician and AIDS specialist, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when another driver crashed head on into her car. Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace captures the profound transformation of Grace and her family in the wake of this life-changing accident.