This is the theatrical trailer from the feature documentary DAUGHTERS OF WISDOM, the story of Kala Rongo, a rare and exceptional Buddhist monastery exclusively for women in remote Tibet. Produced and Directed by Bari Pearlman/BTG Productions
In the developing world, water-gathering is primarily a woman's job, and rural Tibet is no exception. Three to four times a day, she carries a heavy bucket to a potable source of water - sometimes as far as a mile away - and brings it back home 80-pounds full. Though necessary for her own survival and her family's, this task is not only physically debilitating, but the hours she spends doing it every day keep her from having time for an education, a wage-earning job, or even much-needed rest from her other exhausting responsibilities.
WATER offers us a rare opportunity to witness this ritual as a Tibetan woman patiently and painstakingly collects water on her family's yak farm. Shot on location in remote Nangchen, Tibet.
RITUAL OBJECTS is a rare and intimate view of three traditional Tibetan Buddhist rituals via the implements used in them. A young nun shares the meaning and mechanics of the iconic Tibetan PRAYER WHEEL. The visit of a High Lama to their remote monastery prompts a group of nuns to prepare a customary welcoming PROCESSION. And an old monk gently instructs one of the nuns on how to prepare the TORMA for an intricate Tibetan Buddhist ceremony.
Filmed on location at Kala Rongo, a Buddhist monastery exclusively for women in remote and rural Tibet.
World Premiere: Palm Springs ShortFest 2011
Produced, Directed and Edited by Bari Pearlman
Cinematography by Gena Konstantinakos
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