Jean Rouch International Film Festival: Tibet

FestivalJeanRouch2013Since its beginnings, one of the recurring components of the annual Jean Rouch International Film Festival in Paris is a series of screenings entitled “Regards comparés” (something that we could perhaps translate as “Our gaze, their gaze”), in which a theme or place is approached through documentary films of different periods, made by native and foreign filmmakers, travelers, anthropologists and others.

This year’s edition of “Regards comparés” focuses on Tibet. Organized in partnership with the Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations, the screenings will be followed by debates. Several of the filmmakers will be present, including the renowned Tenzing Sonam, Ritu Sarin, and poet/documentary filmmaker Chenaktsang Dorje Tsering. The five days of screenings present an extraordinary wealth of images on Tibet, from British archival materials from the 1930s and ’40s to the contemporary first generation of Tibetan documentary filmmakers from Tibet itself.

Time: 26-29 Nov. 2013
Place: Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, 65 rue des Grands Moulins, 75013 Paris
There will be an additional day of screenings at the Senate on 30 Nov. 2013.

Click here for the day-by-day programme and for the alphabetical list of documentaries, as well as here for an introductory text by Françoise Robin.


Nicolas Sihlé

Nicolas Sihlé, a sociocultural anthropologist, is researcher at the Center for Himalayan Studies, a research unit of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) based in Villejuif (France). He specializes on Tibetan religion and society, and is the author of Rituels bouddhiques de pouvoir et de violence : La figure du tantriste tibétain [Buddhist rituals of power and violence : The figure of the Tibetan tantrist] (Brepols, 2013). His current work focuses on post-Mao socioreligious transitions in and around the famous communities of non-monastic specialists of tantric Buddhism in northeast Tibet (Amdo), and more generally on the comparative anthropology of Buddhism.

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