International Buddhist Film Festival returns next week!


JOIN US FOR THE INTERNATIONAL BUDDHIST FILM FESTIVAL!
THURSDAY, DEC 9  – SUNDAY, DEC 12

SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER
1118 FOURTH STREET • SAN RAFAEL

LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM

OPENING NIGHT PRESENTATION | BAY AREA PREMIERE

ZOOM Q&A WITH DIRECTOR PAWO CHOYNING DORJI

THURSDAY, DEC. 9 • 7:30

A citified Bhutanese school teacher is sent to a very rural village to complete his obligatory public service before he can leave for a life in Australia. This is an instant classic, a wonderful neo-realist adventure. Not quite a road movie (more of a trail movie…), and not just a fish-out-of-water story, it’s a marvelous blend of serious and whimsical, with the special sauce of Bhutan’s astounding landscapes. Beautifully shot, with wonderful music, and a great cast of nonprofessionals. World premiere at the BFI London Film Festival; winner of the Audience Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. In Dzongka with English subtitles. Director: Pawo Choyning Dorji (Bhutan 2019) 110 mi

After a two-year pandemic-imposed hiatus, International Buddhist Film Festival (IBFF) returns to the Smith Rafael Film Center for an in-person event December 9-12, 2021, co-presented by California Film Institute and Buddhist Film Foundation (BFF).

Nine films from seven countries will premiere over the long weekend, with plenty of onstage conversations and special guests!
 ALL-ACCESS PACKAGE • ENTRY TO ALL 9 PROGRAMS:
$75 General  |  $60 CFI Members

ADMISSION PER SCREENING:
$15 General  |  $13. Senior • Youth • Matinée  |  $10 CFI Members

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