Arts in Exile: Helping Save a Culture from Disappearing

Arts in Exile airs on Mountain Lake PBS Friday, August 5 at 2 pm.

Tibetan arts serve a new purpose in modern times.  As exiled Tibetans witness the near disappearance of their culture, the arts rise to remind them what they share in common as people.

The Emmy award-winning Mountain Lake PBS original documentary Arts in Exile: Tibetan Treasures in Small Town America explores how a small city in northern New York can be inspired by, and connected to the culture of Tibet from across the globe. Highlighting a large-scale festival of Tibetan arts and culture in Plattsburgh, New York, Arts in Exile examines how several Tibetan refugees use the arts to both raise awareness about the global problems they face, and keep their culture alive.

The documentary features insight from Tibet House President Dr. Robert Thurman, and the talents of photographer Sonam Zoksang, freedom singer Techung, wood carver Tashi Dholak, thangka painter Tsering Phuntsok, monks Lobsang Dorjee and Yeshi Dorjee, musician Tamding Tseten and many other visual artists and performers.

View the trailer: