Film Screening | In Honor of Dalai Lama’s Visit to DC

unnamed (5)In honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Washington DC, the Tibet Governance Project screened the award winning film The Cup on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 4pm.
The Cup is the story of a group of young monks from a remote Himalayan monastery desperately trying to find a television to watch the World Cup final. The atmosphere of serene contemplation in the monastery is disrupted by soccer fever, the chief instigator being a young student, the soccer enthusiast Orgyen. Prevented by various circumstances from seeing the Cup finals on television in a nearby village, Orgyen sets out to organize the rental of a TV set for the monastery. The enterprise becomes a test of solidarity, resourcefulness and friendship for the students, while the Lama, head of the monastery, contemplates the challenges of teaching the word of Buddha in a rapidly changing world. The film is based on true events of a time when the World Cup came to the filmmaker’s remote village via satellite dish. This is a film packed with universal themes of tradition vs modernity and the value of human endeavor. The Cup is one of the first films made in the Tibetan language.