Machik x Eaton House Tibetan Film Series

A Tibetan love story about archery, expectations and the meaning of winning in a time of change. Limited seats, reserve early for Kickoff!


Director & Writer: Pema Tseden

Summary: 98 min, contemporary drama, Tibetan with English subtitles, Trailer : Sacred Arrow

“For more than a thousand years, two villages in the Amdo region of Tibet have competed in an annual archery competition, mostly for bragging rights, but also to keep the peace, which has lasted for hundreds of years. In the present day, however, the fight for the contest’s “Sacred Arrow” prize, representing strength and bravery, becomes something more personal when a love triangle forms around the participants. After archer Dradong loses the contest for the second year in a row to the champion Nyima, he feels the pressure to win back honor in his village. Tensions escalate when Dradong finds his younger sister, Deskyid, romantically involved with his arch nemesis, Nyima. The two rivals clash again, leading to violence, until a second archery contest is devised to settle the score, once and for all. But will it be enough to keep the peace?” - from Seattle International Film Festival

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Machik x Eaton Tibetan Film Series

Machik and Eaton House are pleased to present a series of six films made by and about people in Tibet. The year-long film series is a platform to spotlight the power of storytelling by filmmakers in Tibet today. It is also an opportunity to go deeper into the contemporary Tibetan experience and gain insight into the complexity of Tibet's land and people. The series includes both feature and documentary films, all in Tibetan language with English subtitles. All films will be screened at Eaton House. Films are free and donations are welcome.

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Filmmaker Bio

Pema Tseden was born in the Amdo region of Tibet. Son of pastoralists, he studied at the Northwest Nationalities University in Lanzhou. He worked as a teacher and civil servant while writing and publishing to critical acclaim in Tibetan and Chinese. In 2002, he was the first Tibetan to attend the Beijing Film Academy and in 2005 his film, Silent Holy Stones , won the PRC's top film award, the Golden Rooster, or Best Directorial Debut. he Search (2009) won the Special Jury Award at the 12th Shanghai International Film Festival. Old Dog (2011) won Best Picture in the Tokyo International Film Festival, and Sacred Arrow (2014) won the Golden Goblet at the 17th Shanghai International Film Festival. Tharlo (2015) was nominated for a Golden Lion at the Venice International Film Festival. Pema Tseden's latest release is Balloon (2019) which premiered in North America at the Toronto International Film Festival.