In 2006, we were invited to travel to the Kham region of Tibet by the University of Virginia's Tibetan Himalayan Library and Machik. Our team collaborated with a group of professors from the Sichuan Tibetan Provincial Institute (SPTI), to survey and document various cultural sites, schools, and other points of interest in the region. During our travels, we had the opportunity to share our knowledge of filmmaking with a number of Tibetans who were interested in the process. Their enthusiasm was extraordinary, but few had access to the education, resources, or opportunities to further their interest. This inspired us to launch the Kham Film Project.
Our approach has expanded from teaching and facilitating participatory video workshops to programming film series, producing work by Tibetan filmmakers, and making films of our own. During the first few years of our organization, our projects were focused exclusively in Kham, but since then, we have branched out to work with filmmakers in Amdo and Bhutan. We also work actively in the US to promote the films of Tibetan filmmakers. Though the Kham Film Project is constantly evolving, we are guided by a core commitment to collaboration, innovation, and self-expression.
Baby boy and yak
Map of Kham Region