Sunday, December 5, 2010

Is being born female a punishment? (trailer)

Paul Liberatore (Marin Independent Journal)

"For these women, the notion that a woman can be educated and that being born a female is not a punishment of past deeds is currently challenging thousands of years of history" (Muddy Water Zen says).

Film brings Buddhist nuns' story out of the shadows
Marin's Heather Kessinger makes her filmmaking debut with "In the Shadow of Buddha." [Marin County, home of the world-renowned Spirit Rock, is a well-heeled California Buddhist enclave just north of San Francisco.] This documentary takes viewers into the seldom-seen world of Tibetan Buddhist nuns in northernmost India. While beautifully photographed, it doesn't paint a pretty picture.

Recently voted best documentary in the International Festival of Cinema and Religion in Italy, "In the Shadow of Buddha" has its West Coast premiere December 5 in the International Buddhist Film Festival Showcase 2010 at Marin's Smith Rafael Film Center, California. The festival, which runs Dec. 2-9, is presented by the Buddhist Film Foundation and Marin's California Film Institute. More>>

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