Watch “Contemporary World Cinema” on July 25 and 26 at the Indian School of Folklore

The Tamil Nadu Thiraippada Iyakkam and the National Folklore Support Centre present “Contemporary World Cinema” on July 25 and 26, 6 p.m., at the Indian School of Folklore.

On July 25, “The Cup”, a 1999 Bhutanese film, directed by Khyentse Norbu, will be screened. The plot is about two young football-crazy Tibetan refugees in a remote Himalayan monastery, who desperately try to sneak a television into the monastery to watch the 1998 World Cup finals. Buddhism is their philosophy. Soccer is their religion. World Cup fever has reached the Indian Himalayas as in this comedy about the lighter side of life in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery. This touching story tackles the issues of winning and losing, life in exile and the impact of the modern world on a highly traditional lifestyle. While the soccer World Cup is being played in France, two young Tibetan refugees arrive at a monastery/boarding school in exile in India. Its atmosphere of serene contemplation is somewhat disrupted by soccer fever, the chief instigator being a young student, the soccer enthusiast Orgyen. Prevented by various circumstances from seeing the Cup finals on television in a nearby village, Orgyen sets out to organise the rental of a TV set for the monastery. The enterprise becomes a test of solidarity, resourcefulness and friendship for the students, while the Lama, head of the monastery, contemplates the challenges of teaching the word of Buddha in a rapidly changing world.

On July 26, 6 p.m. “Samsara” will be screened. The film tells the story of a Buddhist monk’s quest to find Enlightenment. It stars Shawn Ku as the monk Tashi and Christy Chung as Pema. It is directed by Nalin Pan and written by Pan and Tim Baker. A spiritual love story set in the majestic landscape of Ladakh in the Himalayas, “Samsara” is a quest; one man’s struggle to find spiritual Enlightenment by renunciation.

The Indian School of Folklore is situated at 505, 5th Floor, Kaveri Complex, No.96, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Nungambakkam, ph: 28229192 or 42138410.

The event is open to all and entry is free.