Screening of film ‘Mani, The Hidden Valley of Happiness at a Crossroads’ w/ Sonam Lama

February 21, 2014 @ 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Klein Conference Room (510)
66 West 12th Street
New York, NY 10011
Free and Open to Public
India China Institute

Screening of Mani, The Hidden Valley of Happiness at a Crossroads

Presented by Sonam Lama

Friday, Feb. 21st 3:30pm-5pm
66 W. 12th St, Klein Conference Room (510)

Sonam Lama, a first time co-director, started the project of collecting inventories of the ancient architectural monuments in his home region Tsum in Oct 2012. He is an architect who advocates for protecting cultural heritage, appropriate infrastructure development in the remote Himalaya region of Tsum, Nepal.

The documentary film presents the architectural heritage and in relations to the upcoming infrastructure development in Tsum. The documentary reveals insightful information of these age old built heritage that have stood silent along the ancient salt-trade and pilgrimage foot trail for many centuries. Through extensive field interviews, and for the first time, the film significantly reveals the inner voice of the Tsum community on the sensitive and controversial issue of the motor road development. In the rapid pace of modernization in the 21st century, this film captured a moment of a once isolated and remote community facing a crossroads in the history of time.

Watch a trailer for the film here: