Tsunma, Tsunma: My Summer with the Female Monastics of the Himalaya
by Lifang LIN
Tsunma, an honorific term connoting “noble, delicate, and pure”, refers to the Tibetan Buddhist Nuns of the Himalayan Region who have been largely dismissed or forgotten by the traditions they follow and the societies they’ve served. Taiwanese photographer Lin Li-Fang undertook a solo journey up 4,270 meters into the Himalayan Plateau and lived for an entire summer with some of these nuns and recorded life in the unforgiving environment dubbed “The Roof of the World”. There, Li-fang captured a life devoted to hope and faith and a people possessing a unique kind of tolerance, humility, and perseverance.
This is a story of the Nuns of the Himalayas, of seeing one’s life through theirs, that is, a life lived in faith and with the spark of a summer eternal.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS
2017 Taiwan Women Makes Waves Film Festival- Merit Prize
Running Time: 70 mins
Year of Completion: 2017
Director: Lifang LIN
In 2005, his short film created in the U.S., Liberty Avenue won the first prize and the best clip of the 28th Golden Harvest Award. In 2010, he released the first 35mm feature film In Case Of Love in Taiwan. In 2011, his second feature film Revenge of the Factory Woman was nominated by international film festivals. His recent film work Welcome To The Happy Days