2013. China/France. Directed by Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang. Cordyceps sinensis (in Tibetan, Yartsa-gunbu) has been called “Tibet’s golden worm” and “The Viagra of the Himalayas.” When it was discovered 30 years ago as a natural remedy, it became a boon to Tibetan nomads. Today, some nomadic Tibetan communities bring in as much as 80% of their income collecting it. Yartsa Rinpoche follows Darlo, an elder in the Amdo region, who with his family forms a group of 30 that treks 800 kilometers to collect the “worm,” while exploring its larger implications. In Tibetan; English subtitles. 101 min.

  1. Wednesday, August 27, 2014,
    4:00 p.m.

    T2, Titus Theater 2

  2. Tuesday, August 26, 2014,
    4:00 p.m.

    T2, Titus Theater 2

  3. Monday, August 25, 2014,
    4:00 p.m.

    T2, Titus Theater 2

  4. Sunday, August 24, 2014,
    2:00 p.m.

    T2, Titus Theater 2

  5. Saturday, August 23, 2014,
    1:30 p.m.

    T2, Titus Theater 2

  6. Friday, August 22, 2014,
    4:00 p.m.

    T2, Titus Theater 2

  7. Thursday, August 21, 2014,
    7:00 p.m.

    T2, Titus Theater 2
    North America premiere. Followed by discussion with Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang

This film accompanies ContemporAsian.