Ba Lhagang is a small, but important town located in the Kham region of eastern Tibet. In recent times it has become known for the Golden Stupa complex built by Dorjé Tashi, a reincarnate lama from the area. The Golden Stupa attracts tourists from throughout China and abroad, and serves as an administrative center for Dorjé Tashi’s various aid projects.

The two short films made here were planned and filmed by students of the Xikang Tibetan Welfare School, founded by Dorjé Tashi. Our Story tells the story of the Welfare School, and The Golden Stupa documents the monument that has come to define their town. The films were edited on-site by project facilitator Cecil Esquivel-Obregón with input from the students.

Made possible with the collaboration of Machik and generous support from the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation and Columbia University School of the Arts - Film Division.





Credits & Thanks

Participant Filmmakers
Lopzang "Melissa" Chödrön
Rikdzin "Sherrie" Drölma
Wang "Celina" Lhamo
Tenpa "Harry" Dargyé
Tsering "Michael" Samdrup
Könchok "John" Trashi

Cecil Matthai Esquivel-Obregón

Onsite Translator
Trashi “Alexis” Dekyi

Chelsea Hall
William McGrath
Tsering Perlo

Series Producers
Lynn True
Nelson Walker III

Special Thanks
Dorjé Tashi Rinpoché
University of Virginia
Columbia University
Teachers, Students, and Staff of the Western Kham Tibet Welfare School


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