• BFFE Sound of Silence
  • BFFE Sound of Silence
  • BFFE Sound of Silence
  • BFFE Sound of Silence
  • BFFE Light for Freedom
  • BFFE Light for Freedom
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Sound of Silence
Dr. Bijukumar Damodaran
IN, 2017
Language: Pahari, Tibetan, Hindi
Subtitling: English
99 min.


Light for Freedom
Guillermo De La Rosa and Alec Bell
CA, 2017
Language: Tibetan
Subtitling: English
10 min.

Total: 109 min. + closing ceremony

BFFE - Sound of Silence + Light for Freedom

Set in a beautiful Himalayan valley, it’s a journey of a neglected and abandoned mute boy, who loses his mother and is terribly neglected by his father. The boy is condemned to a lonely life, two cows are his only companions and he cares for them lovingly until his father sells them.

One day the boy comes across a Buddhist monk who takes him under his wing, and not too long after that, the boy decides to join the Buddhist monastery. But his solitary life is not over as the young students shun him because he is different. Eventually, he is accepted, but the longing to be loved by his father still persists. Meanwhile, his relationship with the elderly monk helps him to detach from his voiceless suffering, and explore the bond that each creation shares with nature, and learn the value of the sound of silence.

Screened together with Light for Freedom, a guided journey through live performance, music and painting, towards an understanding of recent and recurring Tibetan self-immolations. Prominent Tibetan artists, activists and allies from the global diaspora are brought together in Toronto, organised by the Bureau of Power and Light, to create an immersive experience that acknowledges these acts of resistance.

With closing ceremony.