AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT - SF DocFest | OFFICIAL SELECTION - Tibet International Film FestivalHimalayan Culture • Diasporic Identity • Modern Art • Buddhist Art
Date of Completion: 2022 | Run Time: 35 minutes | Language: English with English & Spanish subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Sheri Brenner-Hall | Producers: Sheri Brenner-Hall & Marc Smolowitz | Editor: Sheri Brenner-Hall | Directors of Photography: Andrew Black (San Francisco) & Chandramon Dongol (Nepal) | Narrator: Peter Coyote | Musical Artists: Yungchen Llamo & George Brooks | Composer: Victor Spiegel
When Artist Tsherin Sherpa came to San Francisco from Kathmandu, Nepal in 1998, he was a religious artist painting sacred Buddhist meditation images. He struggled to find a place for his art in a new land, and wanted to express stories and ideas that went beyond the Buddhist niche. But moving forward meant leaving the art and identity that defined him behind. He had to find a bridge between his tradition and the world he now inhabited. ABOVE AND BELOW follows Tsherin’s remarkable journey over a 19-year period, presenting key moments and artistic milestones that define his personal and career arc. We experience this breakaway artist’s movement from strictly held Buddhist traditions, towards honesty and expression, to international art stardom. In doing so, he finds new meaning for an ancient art form, and establishes a global voice and platform for modern Himalayan art.