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Incredible Bhutan: Paro Tsechu

Posted on 12/5/2017 12:00:00 AM in What We’re Watching

A note from independent filmmaker David Conover on why he chose this film:

Tsechu is a Bhutanese holiday that takes place on the tenth day of the lunar New Year to honor Guru Rimpoche for bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from India during the eighth century. The festival involves the unfurling and displaying of an enormous thongdrel—a tapestry-like painting of Rimboche surrounded by other holy beings. When beheld, it has the power to cleanse believers of sin. What I love about this short film is how it presents the sense of community brought about by the celebration. Everyone gathers to sit, unveil the thongdrel, watch dancers, and enjoy performances together.

Produced by David Conover & Paul Villanova

About David Conover:

David Conover, a long-term partner of O.A.T. and Grand Circle, is an award-winning filmmaker and conservationist whose work has appeared on Discovery Channel, PBS, and National Geographic Explorer. He is the founder of Compass Light Productions and the nonprofit Conservation Media Group, and was recently the Coastal Studies Scholar at Bowdoin College. Learn more about David here.

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