In this modern, scientific world – a world on the verge of creating artificial intelligence, and a world that disparages anything not amenable to reason – I try in this film to explore some of the last genuine residues of Tibetan mysticism. I believe this ancient wisdom, which reflects the Buddhist view of reality, has something vital to offer our modern world.
I intend this film to express the deep respect for feminine energy embodied in that wisdom, and to portray in a contemporary setting, both the transformative power of this energy and some of the ways it has traditionally been evoked. I give the audience plenty of time for contemplation, so images may not move fast and may even stand still for a period.
I used only non-professional actors, not only because there are few trained actors in Nepal, but also because the characters I am trying to portray have to be really genuine. For example, one of the characters is portrayed by an actual highly respected spiritual master whose qualities and demeanour a hundred thousand trained actors could not fathom, let alone convey.
Though few films today escape the enormous influence of the Hollywood and Bollywood formulae, I want to explore in this film a distinctive Himalayan way of expression and storytelling that is true to this region’s culture, tradition and wisdom.
In such ways, and through its atmosphere and techniques, I hope this film will transport audiences to a profound, mystical, and yet very real and accessible dimension of life with which our modern world is sadly and rapidly losing touch with.