Bari Pearlman

BARI PEARLMAN was awarded support for Daughters of Wisdom, a feature-length documentary about the rebuilding and revitalizing of Northeast Tibet through the education and cultivation of women to their fullest potential. Situated on the Eastern Tibetan plateau north of the Himalayas, the Nangchen district of Kham (now China's Qinghai Province) is home to an estimated 60,000 subsistence farmers and nomadic herding families. Relegated to subservient roles in their families, the women of Nangchen have for centuries been regarded as simple creatures capable of little more than churning butter, bearing children and saying prayers. A woman in this culture has had to choose between marrying and being a servant to her husband, or becoming a nun, and remaining a servant to her family. But now, for the first time, the women of Nangchen are being given the skills and opportunities to become active participants in preserving Tibetan cultural heritage, improving their local educational infrastructure, and preparing their people to effectively navigate the encroaching modern world. This film will present a vividly intimate portrait of the lives of Nangchen's women.

About this grant

Film and Video
Grant Program
New York City Film and Video
New York City


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