IN PERSON: Director Ella Manzheeva

LIVESTREAM INTRODUCTION by Robert Thurman, president of Tibet House US

One of the most remarkable Tibetan Buddhist lamas to come to the US was Geshe Ngawang Wangyal, an ethnic Kalmyk Mongol born in what is now Russia. He was a founding figure in the spread of Buddhism in the West, and was instrumental in arranging for the Dalai Lama’s first visit to the US in 1979. He established the Lamaist Buddhist Monastery of America, the first Tibetan Buddhist center here, in Freehold, New Jersey, after emigrating to the US in 1955, and was the first to teach American students, including composer Philip Glass and now-leading scholars Robert Thurman and Jeffrey Hopkins. This richly researched film introduces the key members of Geshe Wangyal’s circle, and tells his amazing and little-known story well. Filmed on location by Russian director Ella Manzheeva in the USA, India, Russia, Hong Kong, and Germany.

In English and Russian with English subtitles. Director: Ella Manzheeva (Armenia 2022) 97 min.

Award-winning filmmaker ELLA MANZHEEVA was born in the Russian republic of Kalmykia, and graduated from film school in Moscow. She is the first Kalmyk film director, and her feature debut, The Gulls, premiered at the 2015 Berlinale. She is currently in postproduction on her second dramatic feature, White Road, selected for Cinéfondation L’Atleier of Cannes Film Festival.

SUNDAY, MAY 21 • 4:30

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