Executive Committee in Training, Scholarships Committee
Pawo Choyning Dorji is a photographer from Bhutan. He has published a book of photography Seeing Sacred: Lights & Shadows Along the Path. His second book Sacred Paths, retraces Master Xuanzang’s journey to India. He has been working for the Khyentse Labrang since 2006, and was the director’s assistant for Vara: A Blessing and producer for Hema Hema: Sing Me a Song While I Wait. He is a member of the scholarships committee and is married to Taiwanese actress, Stephanie Lai.
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Last night I saw Hema Hema which was wonderful. I asked you about access to Bhutanese films in the post film Q and A. I first came across a film about Bhtuan over 40 years ago on British TV and it sparked an intense interest in the country for many years. It has now waned to a sensible level but it was a pleasure and privilege to see the Rimpoche’s latest film. The tension held me, the story and the use of masks brilliant. My son is currently living in an ashram in Portugal with his guru and some of underpinning imagery and concepts were familiar even if the opening bar sequence was a shock. I was very interested to hear about the way you raised the money for the film, and will try and look out for fundraising efforts for the next film as I would like to contribute a small amount. Since talking to you I have re-acquainted myself with the work of the Khyentse Foundation and have now done more research on the current situation re film making in Bhutan. It was lovely to have your contribution at the London Film Festival. I apologise for contacting you via the Foundation but hope that is okay. I am putting information up about the Foundation and the film on my facebook page.