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Drebu’s “the Search” Screening Takes Off on a Resounding Note September 8, 2010

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Drebu successfully launched its “Tibet in Film” series with the exclusive screening of “the Search” by famed Tibetan director Pema Tseden.

Held in the Mascot Cafe in Parkdale, the screening was attended by nearly 30 people. It was the first time that the cafe was hosting a film screening.

The screening kicked off with a live musical performance by Tseten la, a traditional Tibetan musician. With his strong instrument, he played two songs from the region that was the backdrop of the film.

“It was a great event,” remarked Eddie, one of the three owners of this new cafe/art space, at the end. Earlier in the evening, Eddie was asked to share a few thoughts before the start of the screening, where he mentioned that helping Drebu by donating their space was one of the ways in which they wanted to give back to the community. “We want to create a space for beautiful things to grow, and we hope this is one of the ways by which we can accomplish that,” he said.

The movie was well-received by the audience. Owing to the art-house style and deliberate pace of the film, along with the screening location, many of the attendants felt that it was a unique experience. For some, this was the first time they had been exposed to Tibet and Tibetan works of art.

“The opportunity to watch such a film, with an audience dedicated to learning was fantastic,” said Melida. “If there was one critique I could add, it would be to have a roundtable discussion. The message[s] from the film could be made more clear and the discussion could definitely bring more taste to the journey home.”

The money raised from this pay-what-you-can screening will help with the upcoming Culture Days event on Sunday, Sept. 26. The event will feature a live butter sculpture demonstration, Tibetan music and food (courtesy of Tibet Kitchen).

Drebu would like to thank Pema Tseden for blessing us with the screening of his film, the Mascot Cafe for donating space and drinks, Tibet Kitchen for donating the food, our volunteers, and all the participants who came to the screening and generously donated their time and money.

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