*Paths of the Soul* (*Kang Rinpoche*). 2015. China. Directed by Zhang Yang. Courtesy of Icarus Films

Kang Rinposhe (Paths of the Soul). 2015. China. Directed by Zhang Yang. In Tibetan; English subtitles. 115 min.

A group of Tibetans of all ages and from different families join together to make a pilgrimage from their home village to Lhasa, a treacherous 2,000-kilometer trek at high elevations. Each makes the spiritual journey for their own reasons—one man, now elderly, may never have another opportunity, and a younger man seeks to change his fate. Over the course of an arduous journey that requires prostration after every few steps, they encounter many obstacles—a broken tractor, snow, exhaustion, sickness, a birth—but the ordeal never breaks their communal resolve. This unique blend of fiction and documentary was shot with nonprofessional actors over the course of a year.

U.S. premiere

  1. Saturday, February 27, 2016,
    4:00 p.m.

    Post-screening discussion with Ying Qian, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T1, Theater 1
  2. Friday, February 26, 2016,
    8:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2