There’s a brave social experiment taking place on a remote mountaintop in the foothills of the Himalaya. A former Buddhist monk is seeking to transform the lives of abandoned children through love and compassion. Tashi is especially vulnerable as she struggles to make friends, and learns that love can help heal even the saddest memories.
Tashi and the Monk continues to wow audiences and film festivals in Canada having won 6 awards to date with additional screenings at the World Community Film Festival Kelowna on March 13, the Lethbridge International Film Festival on March 20, the Banff World Tour in London on March 24/25 and in Toronto on March 29th as well as the Atlantic Film Festival for Youth in Halifax on April 30. Stay tuned for additional screenings of Tashi and the Monk in Ottawa, Squamish, and Thunder Bay as well as gala events in Vancouver and Toronto.
There is an exciting workshop at Jhamtse Gatsal in the fall of 2015. Participants will learn how to build an earthen house at the Community over an 8 week period. You can learn great skills and participate in building at the Children’s Community.
If you are interested in learning more about this please check the link and contact Coenraad, James, or Kate from House Alive. Spots are limited.
On December 30, 2014, Louise Abbott, Niels Jensen and the volunteers at Studio Georgeville cooperative located at 20 carré Copp, Georgeville, Québec hosted a “Tashi and the Monk” movie night. The goal was to raise awareness about the Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community. The evening was a great success and an appreciative audience contributed to make a donation to Jhamtse Canada. Our thanks goes to Louise, Niels and others who made this event possible. Well done!!!
On November 8 and 9 in Banff, Alberta the movie Tashi and the Monk was shown to over 2,500 people at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. The movie wowed the audiences and the judges as it was awarded the Best Film: Mountain Culture. Presenting the award to Director Johnny Burke is Candice Drouin, from sponsor Helly Hansen, along with Jeff Jenner from Jhamtse Canada. Tashi and the Monk will now be part of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour with screenings across Canada over the next four months and around the world during the next year. We are looking for volunteers to be Jhamtse Gatsal ambassadors during these screenings, so if you’d love to help, please give us a call.
Tashi and the Monk, a short documentary film about life at Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community, has been selected to be screened at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
Johnny Burke, one of the two creators of Tashi and the Monk, will be in attendance in Banff, Alberta this weekend for the screenings of the award-winning film along with Jeff Jenner, President of Jhamtse Canada.
Tashi and the Monk recently won the Pare Lorentz award for social and environmental film making excellence at the International Documentary Association (IDA). The IDA also short-listed Tashi and the Monk for the best short documentary at its upcoming awards gala in Los Angeles. The film also won two awards at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival in Colorado early this year and is currently on tour throughout the US.
Visit the Tashi and the Monk website for more information about the film.
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