4 OCTOBER 2014, 7.30pm
Film screening followed by Q&A with Tenzing Rigdol
Buddhist Film Festival Europe
Bringing Tibet Home tells about the extraordinary project Our Land, Our People by artist Tenzing Rigdol. Rigdol set out on a mission to bring Tibet home to its people through an art project involving the smuggling of 20,000 kilos of native Tibetan soil across the Himalayas from Tibet into India, spanning the borders of three countries.
In doing so he forever touches the hearts of many Tibetans living in exile who are unable to return home. This soil was laid out on a platform in Dharamsala where thousands of exiled Tibetans live and took the opportunity to walk on their home soil. For many a reunion, for some, the first time that they set foot on their homeland and for a few, this is probably the last time that they ever see anything of their lost nation. Through this site-specific installation the artist enables the displaced to ‘return’ home.
Although Rigdol’s work examines the plight of the Tibetan people in exile, it has wider resonance, exploring the notion of homeland and how art is intertwined with the political and the social, demonstrating the transgressive power of art as an act of defiance.