A Gesar Bard’s Tale

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Now playing: A Gesar Bard’s Tale (December 1–31)

This feature-length documentary transports us to Tibet in the immediate aftermath of a severe earthquake, where we meet Dawa. A bard famous for his spirited telling of the epic story of Tibet's King Gesar, Dawa gained work for the Chinese government as a guardian of national cultural heritage. But after the earthquake levels his village, Dawa sees the Chinese accelerate their local redevelopment project and wonders how the lessons of antiquity can offer guidance for the rapidly changing world that surrounds him.

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phfphd42's picture

I found the devotion of the film makers astounding. The length was required to tell the story of a man, a culture, a religion, the psychosocial transformation of native Tibetans by the Chinese government and our fragile world at large.

Being able to see this film in our own little bubble of home....this is the gift of Tricycle.

Thank you and the entire team of film makers. Just renewed for another year.

olketa's picture

As a doctor who worked extensively in complementary medicine, it was a delight to see a shaman in action. This was a genuine alternative approach in a situation where a conventional approach probably wasn't available or acceptable. What I really want to know, however, is where the Gesar epics came from. It seems as if they just appeared fully formed in dreams. Perhaps they are stored somehow in a compacted form (we are familiar with this in a digital age), and then decoded naturally by the bard. How do they get out of the mountains into his head? Thanks for such a great story.

Dechen Khadro's picture

Thank you. We really enjoyed this film. Very beautiful and interesting.

jackelope65's picture

As a practicing MD, I am concerned about the woman with the black tongue lesion. Although I am a srong supporter of alternative medicine, incorporating acupuncture and dance therapies in the 1980's for hospitalized patients, and many others, I think Westen medicine and alternative medicines work best when utilized together, when available. Asessing efficacy is not in the presentation but outcome. Also , A bio on the utilization on the Gesar Bard's tale would be helpful as well as Buddhist responses to his working relationship with the Chinese and the subsequent destruction of his house and other material attachments. That said, I enjoyed the documentary and found the subject novel and interesting. Thank you.

JCurtis's picture

How wonderfully engaging, this mythic story enlivening and bringing healing to people. There is so much humility and grandeur present. What an apt message about taking the mineral treasures from the land that nourish the medicine plants and that the mountain gods abandon places where pollution and greed abound making the chapters more difficult to tell. The film makers let this contemporary story unfold at the graceful pace of an ongoing ceremony. Profoundly sensitive.

ipman's picture

Thanks. Was interesting enough but I felt that the whole documentary would have benefited from tighter editing and being 30 mins shorter.

Russosharon's picture

I agree Ipman. I thought that for the most part, this documentary was really boring.

tina_mccoy's picture

Wow, what an I opener. I've never been to Tibet, the landscape is so amazing and captivating; I've never seen such beauty. It's interesting to witness how technology could bring far-away places, I've never dreamed of, into my living room. My gratitude to the production team and Tricycle for making this movie available for us to see. Suffering (of old age, illness, and death) is the same everywhere. But seeing people living and surviving in those formidable mountains, I couldn't even imagine the hardship they endured. Yet, there is so much beauty in the environment and the people; and to hear children's laughter and seeing their joy amidst the scarcity is admirable. Very inspiring movie. Thank You.

mattbard's picture

This month's new film club presentation was wonderful on many levels-.the environment, governrment and peoples lives..........same but different everywhere....... Lord Buddha's teachings are always and everywhere relevant as the film shows... we can never be grateful enough. Good film...... thanks , matt