2014 What People Say about TASHI JONG and Barbara’s Bio.

3 04 2007

This is a critical time in the history of the Tibetan struggle, the very survival of Tibet’s unique Buddhist and cultural heritage is threatened. In this world plagued with violence, warfare, and emotional suffering, Tibetan Buddhist teachings, with their emphasis on universal compassion and non-violence, offers an alternative vision for our modern world
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Barbara Green,MSW is Founder/Director at Tibetan Video Preservation Project a recognized nonprofit organization in State of California and includes the video work of the Tibetan Video Project, 1992-2014.

BARBARA’s Film BIO:
In 1992 I had the honor of meeting Dugu Choegyal Rinpoche, then president of the Tashi Jong community located in Northern India while he was visiting Berkely, California. His passion and concern about preserving Tibetan culture in exile, was infectious and I impulsively offer to come to TJ to video record a cycle of sacred dances for historical purposes. To my amazement, he accepted and 6 weeks later I was on a plane to Delhi, my first video camera in hand.

Although I had been work for 25+ yrs as a psychotherapist and never made a film before, I had been interested in the world of Direct Cinema and using film to document social issues since a Social Work Grad student at NYU in early 70’s.

In 1994, I was invited to return to Tashi Jong where I lived for 6 weeks documenting the daily life and rituals of the community.
Acclaimed filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky undertook the structuring and editing and all aspects of post production. Together we gave birth to a film called a “love poem to the Tibetan people”
20 years since the filming, this film remain relevant and stands as an archive of the earlier years in the Tibetan exile struggle to replant and nurture their endangered culture in exile.

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