20.000 Buddhist nuns live in a monastery on a snowy plateau in Tibet. Surrounded by harsh nature and secluded from the outside world, these women offer us a glimpse into their religious exploration of life’s biggest questions. Far away from their families, the nuns commit everything to reach a divine state, entrusting themselves to the guru and each other. With extraordinary intimacy, the camera nestles in with the women, who, during the 100 coldest days of the year, learn about profound matters of life and death, suffering and healing, karma and consequence. A work of visual awe and matter-of-fact spiritual inquiry, DARK RED FOREST is an exploration of the mysterious daily life of women devoted to their faith. Jin Huaqing’s film is a clarifying work of faith and philosophical inquiry, set against a forbidding landscape.
World-renowned independent Chinese documentary filmmaker and educator Jin Huaqing (1980) tackles topics such as the environment, workers, and youth. Among his other films are LIVING WITH SHAME, BLOSSO WITH TEARS, LAMENT OF YUMEN, ENDLESS ROAD and THE TIBETAN GIRL. His films have been nominated in several international festivals.
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