Tibetan Language Film "Silent Holy Stones" Wins Jury Award
07-24-2018    Xinhua
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<P align=left><SPAN lang=EN-US>Xinhua, August 26, 2006</SPAN></P>

<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Jilin</SPAN></st1:City><SPAN lang=EN-US>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region> -- "Silent Holy Stones", <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region>'s first movie in the Tibetan language, won the Special Jury Award Friday night at the 8th Changchun Film Festival in northeastern <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Jilin</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Province</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The 102-minute movie with Chinese subtitles, written and directed by Baima Cedain, a 36-year-old Tibetan film maker, tells the story of a young lama who returns home from a remote temple during the New Year holiday, and has to face the changes taking place in his village.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"The documentary-like film illustrates the changes in ordinary people's lives in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region></st1:place> in a simple but impressive and very human way," said Wu Tianming, the famous Chinese director who was president of the jury.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Baima Cedain said he had long dreamed of making a purely Tibetan movie after graduating from the Beijing Academy of Film Arts.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Recent Chinese films about <st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region> include "Serfs," "<st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Red River</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Valley</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>" and "The Horse Thief Composer", but these films were all made by Chinese film makers. Very few were in Tibetan or starred or were directed by Tibetans.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"Most of these films and some foreign movies take an outsider's view of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Tibet</st1:place></st1:country-region> and its people. I want to show audiences what <st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region> is like for Tibetans themselves," said Baima Cedain, adding that he does not like the idea that <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region></st1:place> is a "mysterious and bizarre" place isolated from the rest of the world.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"We want to show the world how Tibetan culture and society has developed, and the spirit and temperament of the ethnic people who live on the plateau," he said.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Tibetans are facing unprecedented changes in their lives. The "collision" between tradition and modernity creates both surprises and confusion. Holy stones engraved with Buddhist scriptures or Buddha images, which can be seen all over <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Tibet</st1:country-region></st1:place>, are witness to the changes on the plateau and in people's thinking, said Baima.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"However, whatever changes occur, the holy status of these stones will never change, just like Tibetan people's religious devotion and some of our traditions," said the director.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Born in <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Huangnan</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Tibetan</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Autonomous</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Prefecture</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:State w:st="on">Qinghai</st1:State> in northwestern <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Qinghai</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Province</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, an area inhabited by Tibetans, Baima shot a short 30-minute digital film about a young lama and his old master in a changing society four years ago at his home as his freshman school project.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Silent Holy Stones is based on Baima's "immature work". He finished the full-length feature in the summer of 2005 after an "extremely tough" shooting experience.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>We only had 3 million yuan (375,000 U.S dollars) and six weeks to make the film and none of the actors had any acting experience. The weather was terrible with outside temperatures about 20 degrees Celsius below zero, said Baima.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>However, the results justify the ordeal. Last November Baima's maiden work reaped the Maiden Direction award at <st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region>'s 25th Golden Rooster Awards, dubbed "<st1:country-region w:st="on">China</st1:country-region>'s Oscars", as well as awards at the Pusan International Film Festival in the <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Republic</st1:PlaceType> of <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Korea</st1:PlaceName> and Vancouver International Film Festival in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Canada</st1:country-region></st1:place>.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"We hope the film will open up the world market for Tibetan films," said Baima.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Silent Holy Stones premiered in <st1:City w:st="on">Xining</st1:City>, the provincial capital of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Qinghai</st1:State></st1:place> in June, and was expected to screen in more cities in September.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Over and above attracting more filmgoers, Baima has a more ambitious plan -- to add two sequels to the Silent Holy Stones, making it a trilogy.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>As the movie draws to an end, the young lama says he will escort the old lama on a pilgrimage to <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Lhasa</st1:City></st1:place>.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Baima said the story of the journey would be told in the second film and the third film would be set in <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Lhasa</st1:place></st1:City> itself. <st1:City w:st="on">Lhasa</st1:City> is the capital of Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">China</st1:place></st1:country-region>.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>"The people in my hometown are the enduring inspiration for my work. I will make more movies for them," said Baima.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Held every two years since 1992, the China Changchun Film Festival has become a major event for the Chinese film industry. This year a total of 187 films from home and abroad competed for eight Golden Deer awards, including best actor, actress and director.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Chinese mainland actress Zhao Wei and <st1:place w:st="on">Hong Kong</st1:place> actor Aaron Kwok won Best Actress and Best Actor respectively.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt" align=center><SPAN lang=EN-US><STRONG><BR>stage photo<BR><BR><BR>stage photo<BR><BR><BR>stage photo<BR><BR><BR>(Director) Baima Cedain<BR><BR><BR>(Director) Baima Cedain in interview</STRONG></SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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