*Silent Holy Stones*. 2005. China. Directed by Pema Tseden. 102 min. Courtesy of Tseden and Sundance Institute

Silent Holy Stones. 2005. China. Written and directed by Pema Tseden. In Tibetan, Chinese; English subtitles. 102 min.

It happens in just 48 hours: “Little Lama,” a 10-year-old Tibetan boy who’s training to become a monk, returns home for New Year’s celebrations. After a long journey on horseback over icy steppes, he finds solace in his family’s new TV, and is unable to pull himself away from serials of Buddhist stories. “You dream too much for a young monk,” his family tells him, and they’re right: the more he watches, the more it becomes clear that there’s no going back to his religious practices. An official selection of the Pusan International Film Festival, the International Buddhist Film Festival, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

  1. Sunday, August 24, 2014,
    5:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Friday, August 22, 2014,
    7:00 p.m.

    Followed by discussion with Pema Tseden
    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
This film accompanies ContemporAsian.