"I know who I am"
Renowned Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden's Tharlo is an exploration of the conflicts between modern and traditional Tibetan life through one man's quest to prove his identity. Tharlo is a shepherd living a secluded life in the mountains until ordered by the local police chief to obtain an ID. This journey takes him to a police station, to a barbershop, and then to a karaoke bar— through the quotidian rhythms of a small Tibetan town, a world completely unknown to him.
Shot in crisp black and white, Tharlo premiered at the 2015 Venice Film Festival and is now playing at MoMA. Robert Barnett, professor of Modern Tibetan Studies at Columbia University, will moderate a Q&A with Pema Tseden at tonight's screening.