A neophyte director’s comedic film about real life in modern Tibet, Friday


By on Tue, April 27, 2010

The Coastside Film Society proudly presents:
The Silent Holy Stones

A 10-year-old monk travels home to spend the Tibetan New Year with friends and family. The villagers are rehearsing their annual staging of a traditional Tibetan opera, but the monk is more interested in the comedic drama playing on television. Returning to the monastery, he continues to watch the TV show with the monastery’s 7-year-old lama. The intricate and comedic balancing of study in the monastery, traditional opera in the village, and Chinese drama on TV brings to life the Tibetans’ seamless interweaving of tradition and globalization.

"Commandeered by an experienced native director and strengthened by nonprofessional local actors and startlingly beautiful locations, The Silent Holy Stones has the immediacy of a documentary, delivering real insight into the evolution of the much-romanticized Tibetan culture." Aaron Lazenby San Francisco International Film Festival

The film will be introduced by Professor Jenny Lau of San Francisco State University’s Cinema Department, who will also lead a post-screening discussion.

** Winner of the Chinese Golden Rooster Award ** for Best Directorial Debut at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

Friday April 30, 2010 at 8:00 pm
$6.00 adult donation, $3.00 children
Community United Methodist Church Sanctuary
77 Miramontes & Johnson, Half Moon Bay

More info: www.HMBFilm.org