The makers of a new documentary contacted me about their film, about nuns in Nepal, which looks excellent. Details are below, together with links to their sites and to the trailer for the film on Youtube. The film was produced by a team of students from the University of St Andrews.
Daughters of Dolma
An upcoming documentary about Tibetan Buddhist nuns offering an exciting and ground-breaking insight into monastic life.
The film opens up new horizons into the life of Buddhist practitioners in its endeavour to capture their daily routines beyond their spiritual practices and rituals. It presents three generations of nuns living in a community from a wholly new angle in that it portrays them as human beings with their own thoughts and interpretations of Buddhism, modernity, femininity, gender and intergenerational differences.
Last summer our film crew travelled from London to Nepal in the aim of experiencing first-hand the everyday routines of Buddhist nuns in two nunneries in the Kathmandu valley. Through participation in their daily chores, prayers and debates, we have unravelled many preconceived notions about monastic life and discovered their unique individual worldviews. We strive to provide an authentic and in-depth depiction of nuns that will question and challenge common misconceptions about spiritual life.
The documentary sheds light on beauty and struggles of monastic life in today’s era. It highlights the nuns’ spiritual vocation alongside their gender, different personalities and their interactions with technology and modernity. By incorporating personal stories of the nuns that we had encountered, we aim to offer a better understanding of spirituality and to partly dissolve stereotypes about monastic life that we ourselves had to overcome through our personal experiences on our journey.
You may access the trailer at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFBsNOTXEIg and find out more on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/daughtersofdolma?ref=ts and our official website http://www.daughtersofdolma.com/.