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Buddha of the Chadar

BC Premiere
28 mins |
United Kingdom |
  • Mountain Culture
Sean Whitaker
LANGUAGE(S): Ladakhi
| SUBTITLES: English


A father and son from Ladakh in Northern India, embark on a winter pilgrimage along an ancient route to deliver a heavy and unwieldy Buddha statue to a remote mountain monastery. They follow a trail called the Chadar, along the frozen surface of the River Zanskar, winding through its deep shadowy gorges.

The film is a celebration of the Chadar, an affirmation of Buddhist faith and a historical record of this ancient way which is now under threat from regional road building schemes. The dialogue is entirely in Ladakhi, with English subtitles.

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This film was part of VIMFF 2022 and is no longer available for viewing.



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Sean Whitaker

Sean Whitaker is a documentary film-maker, photographer and writer based in the UK. For over ten years he traveled widely in Ladakh compiling an archive of a region in rapid social and economic change.

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