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Clouds of Unknowing: Buddhism and Bhutanese Cinema

Chaudhuri, Shohini and Clayton, Sue (2013) 'Clouds of Unknowing: Buddhism and Bhutanese Cinema.' In: Khatib, Lina, (ed.) Storytelling in World Cinemas: Contexts. Wallflower, 157 - 171. ISBN 9780231163361

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Abstract

This chapter illustrates how Buddhism's holistic perspective on what constitutes a dream and what constitutes reality impacts the way characters in Bhutanese film are presented. Instead of a hero with individual human subjectivity being the controlling force of the narrative, the ‘hero's’ journey is decentred as multiple realities. The cultural encounter of one of this chapter's authors — as a screenwriter and director from the ‘West’ working on a collaborative film project with Bhutanese partners — illustrates the way those Buddhist principles shape the trajectory in which a film story can go. Religion here is not approached as a system of belief per se, but as a cultural system — the focus is not so much on religious beliefs, but on the social and cultural dimensions that religions carry.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: dramatic arts, film, Bhutan, Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse, Rinpoche, Clayton, Sue, Chang hup the gi tril nung, Jumolhari, Travellers and Magicians, Mahayana Buddhism, cosmology, animism, storytelling, unfinished work, Khyentse, Jamyang; Khyentse Jamyang; Khyentse Norbu; Norbu, Khyentse
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2012 12:17
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 13:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1841

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