Director: Alex Gabbay
Category: Travelogue / Ethnology / Spirituality
Production: Thomas Kelly and the Kalpa Group / Tibet/Nepal/Switzerland 2003
Language: English, Tibetan
Subtitles: English narration
Length: 52 minutes
Gelek, a Bon monk, accompanied by an American photographer, Thomas Kelly, undertakes a journey from Kathmandu to discover for himself the ancient kingdom of Zhang Zhung where the Bon religion flourished centuries ago. In search of mythical palaces and holy sites, they journey to the shadows of Mount Kailash in far Western Tibet. Along the way they are joined by dhamis (oracles) and shaman priests, and together they make an odd group of contrasting characters. It is a pilgrimage where both the spiritual and temporal realms are fluid, realities and obstacles constantly need to be overcome.