Utilizing Film to Educate the World on Different Cultures, Regions and Lifestyles
Video of Art in its Moment
LONNY GANS & ASSOCIATES
Nepalese Art And Its Making
Art is a very important and valuable part of Nepali culture. Susan Sakya takes us back through the five periods of Nepalese art history and teaches us that Hinduism and Buddhism have co-existed beautifully in Nepal and are heavily depicted in their artwork. Influences from India in the south and Tibet in the north have come to Nepal through trade and cultural exchange. Metal casting is still used to this day and most of the artists’ methods have not changed since ancient times. Brahmanical and Buddhist mythology is the main subject of early Nepali art and these dual features can be noticed in all Nepali art throughout history.
Susan Sakya’s Collection
Susan walks us through her gallery and collection of Buddha statues and paintings in a 150-year-old building that was destroyed in an earthquake in 2015. Fortunately, the majority of her collection was safely removed from the building. Each piece is handpicked by Susan from various parts of Nepal. She also designs her own art working with crystal, lapis, wood and metals such as copper and brass.
In ancient times it is said that women were unable to reach enlightenment. Tārā was determined to reach enlightenment and eventually did. Green Tārā represents the modern woman and equality among genders.
Tārā is the female version Buddha and is also known as a savior. She is the mother of creation and a heavenly deity who hears the cries of beings experiencing misery in Saṃsāra (Sanskrit word that means “wandering” or “world”). Susan explains the symbolic gestures of Tārā and their significance.
Black Kuber is the god of wealth and the god’s treasurer. He is synonymous with wealth and luxury. In Buddhism, wealth symbolizes spiritual knowledge. One who believes in Buddhism believes that poverty can be a distraction to our spiritual journey.
Susan explains two interpretations of the significance of Samanta Bhadra. One interpretation suggests that the female figure represents worldly existence of desires and ignorance. The Buddha represents Nirvana, a constant state-free from desires and ignorance. While in the state of Nirvana one is awake and free from the cycle of death and rebirth. The second interpretation is the union of emptiness (male figure) and wisdom (female figure). The state of realizing emptiness and wisdom is called enlightenment.
Pacific Resident Theatre Retrospective Video
The Pacific Resident Theater is a non profit theater, celebrating its 30th anniversary–a miracle for small theater in Los Angeles. The Theater is a repertory company of approximately 130, including writers, actors, directors, film makers. The mission of the theater is to produce seldom performed plays by the great/renowned play writes such as Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neil, Arthur Miller, Edward Albee…. and the plays by new play writes. The theater is considered one of the best small theaters in Los Angeles, and has had many awards– Ovation etc. also continues to receive Critics Choice and Pick of the Week on a regular basis. Recently they have initiated a conservatory for young people. In 2017 they will be producing a program titled Art in its Moment–which will include Theater, Music and Art Projections from 5 centuries 17th-21st. Each Century will be represented by a scene from theater, Art, and music of the period performed by a string quartet from the Coburn School.
Beyond The Smile
Bridgitte Muir, the first Australian to climb mount Everest, takes us to the mountains of Nepal where she has spent many years climbing and trekking with Sherpas – mountain guides. The Sherpas are incredibly tough, work long hours and are always smiling through their hard work. Bridgitte was curious to know if they are just as happy and kind back at their homes. In 2007, she had a life changing experience. Bridgitte was invited by her climbing guide to stay in his home and had the privilege of experiencing daily life with a Nepali family.